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Work to be done

Emoni Narawa
Monday, January 13, 2014

WHILE national sevens coach Ben Ryan is pleased with the standard of rugby in Fiji, he believes certain aspects of the game need to be addressed.

After spending the day watching the finals of the Uluinakau 7s tournament at Nausori's Ratu Cakobau Park over the weekend, Ryan urged clubs to stick to the Fijian flair.

However, he said few on and off the field areas should be improved.

"I'm happy to watch this tournament, the standard is good," he said.

"The clubs should keep a similar style of play as far as trying to keep the ball alive and avoid the breakdowns."

He said the tempo at club level differed from the international stage. Ryan said the set-pieces needed improvement and also addressed the fitness at local tournaments.

"The tempo is not as fast as the international game but the standard is good. The ball skills are excellent, the handling around the contact area is excellent and I've seen some excellent tries and some brilliant active play and some good support.

"The set-piece, I've seen so many lineouts that the opposition has won, that has not been great and the kick-off as well could be improved.

"It's just about the effort of working hard on the fitness level."

Ryan said he felt some off-field incidents could be improved, especially time spent on warm-ups.

"I've seen some stuff off the field. I've seen very long warm-ups for some teams, as a player I don't want to be warming up for 40 minutes, 12 to 15 minutes is the time that an international team needs for warm-up. We need to make sure that players still have that fitness to be able to do what they want to do on the field — so that they can attack and get to work hard off the ball then on the ball.

"A few times I've seen players doing great stuff then after that they just walk and watch play 50 metres away."

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