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Vegas plan

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE Fiji sevens players need to be sharp from the opening pool game against Scotland at the Las Vegas tournament of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series this weekend.

Thus says national coach Ben Ryan who regards the tournament as one of Fiji's toughest in the history of the IRB Sevens World Series. Fiji takes on the Scots in the first match on Saturday before playing Australia and the mouth-watering clash against New Zealand on Sunday.

He said he would make sure players were in the right tone prior to day one of the three-day tournament.

Ryan gave the players some intensive training sessions during the two weeks of camp at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour, injecting more fitness in the players.

The Englishman said he would make sure his troops were focused on the responsibility ahead despite the distraction Vegas was known for.

"I will be making sure they are sharp on Friday night against Scotland and adjust them to the time difference," he said.

"There are lot of distractions in Vegas but I will do my job and keep them focused."

He said it would be baptism of fire in the pool stages in Vegas. Ryan said Scotland had proven its worth, beating Fiji in the past while Australia would be hard to contain when on song. The All Blacks 7s will be hungry for revenge from the 0-44 loss in Dubai. "It's a really hard pool because only two games on Friday night and everyone should be on a level playing field."

He urged the fans to rally behind the team. He said the team was focused on the job at hand after two weeks of sacrifice and training back in Fiji.

"Cheer on us loudly Fiji, this is the people's team and we will give our best shot for all Fijians," said Ryan.

"I gave the boys hard time over the last two weeks and they trained really hard."

The Osea Kolinisau-captained side plays Australia at 4.02 on Saturday before the final pool clash against New Zealand at 9.50am Sunday.

Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri, Semi Kunatani, Emosi Mulevoro, Pio Tuwai and Donasio Ratubuli are likely to force their way in the starting line-up against Scotland with either Benito Masilevu or Levani Botia completing the puzzle.

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