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Tight game

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FIJI 7s coach Ben Ryan is preparing his side to play the "power based game" in the Las Vegas 7s tournament next weekend.

Given the limited dimension of the field at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, US, Ryan has worked out a game plan that suits the layout of the field.

He said he would also select players who fit his game plan.

Ryan said the Vegas field was 58 metres wide which is 12m narrower than the pitch at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

He said Samoa and South Africa in past years used the "power based game" plan to overcome the hurdles at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

"It's not just 58m cross but they lay grass on top of what normally is American Football turf so that makes the pitch slow as well," Ryan said.

"We can still play our normal game of keeping the ball alive playing that attacking one touch but we need to be very good at manoeuvring the defenders because they just don't have much space as we have.

"We have got to think about making sure that you got athletically nimble players but you also need players that can go forward."

In the past series as England coach, Ryan said he was unable to effectively use gasmen Matt Turner and Dan Norton to get the tries.

He said the focus would be on the midfield area where most of the play would be concentrated.

"They haven't got those speedsters moving as well particularly on the flanks so you space down the middle of the field a little bit more," Ryan said.

"Now we are very good at doing that because we can pull the defenders across. People like (Samisoni) Viriviri can drop in underneath and create space in the middle.

"We have been working on that whole weekend training on different size pitches for Wellington and Las Vegas."

Fiji is pooled with series leader's New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in Pool C of the Las Vegas 7s.

The 17-member squad resumed training yesterday and Ryan will name his final team tomorrow.

17-member squad: Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Henry Seniloli, Viliame Mata, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Naikasau, Levani Botia, Marika Vunibaka, Mosese Mawalu, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Samuela Saqiwa, Semi Kunatani, Vucago Bainitabua.

Ryan said: "We can still play our normal game of keeping the ball alive; playing that attacking one touch but we need to be very good at manoeuvring the defenders because they just don't have much space as we have.

"We have got to think about making sure that you have athletically nimble players but you also need players that can go forward."

In the past series as England coach, Ryan said he was unable to effectively use his gasmen Matt Turner and Dan Norton to get the tries.

He said the focus would be on the midfield area where most of the play would be concentrated.

"They haven't got those speedsters moving as well particularly on the flanks so you space down the middle of the field a little bit more," Ryan said.

"Now we are very good at doing that because we can pull the defenders across. People like (Samisoni) Viriviri can drop in underneath and create space in the middle.

"We have been working on that the whole weekend, training on different size pitches for Wellington and Las Vegas."

Fiji is pooled with series leaders New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in Pool C of the Las Vegas 7s.

The 17-member squad resumed training yesterday and Ryan will name his final team tomorrow.

17-member squad: Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Henry Seniloli, Viliame Mata, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Naikasau, Levani Botia, Marika Vunibaka, Mosese Mawalu, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Samuela Saqiwa, Semi Kunatani, Vucago Bainitabua.





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