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Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 25, 2014

NEW Zealand 7s kingpin Tomasi Cama Jr believes Fiji should not be ruled out of winning this weekend's Las Vegas 7s tournament.

And the star playmaker is rating schoolteacher Benito Masilevu as a player to watch in the three-day tournament.

Cama who missed out on the Las Vegas tournament because of a calf injury said Masilevu performed exceptionally well at the past three IRB tournaments, joining Fijian flyer Samisoni Viriviri as top try scorer of the season.

He said the winger cum hooker would be the key man for Fiji this weekend.

"I think Benito Masilevu will be the key man for Fiji, he's been playing well so far this series," Cama said.

"He's got the speed, he can step and a good defender too."

The Rugby Sevens World Cup winner and Commonwealth gold medallist said Fiji should trust their game-plan given by the coach and perform consistently throughout the tournament.

"Fiji just needs to be consistent with their performance, play to their structure and trust the game plan given by their coach," said Cama.

"They should make one on one tackles and stay in the system on defence, as well as the other teams, if they can do that with the fitness to back it up I'm sure any team can beat any team on any given day."

The 2012 IRB 7s player of the year said the game between Fiji and New Zealand should be a cracker.

"I think the Fiji and NZ game will be a very good game as two of the best teams in the series this year and, of course, the rivalry over the years," Cama said.

"I don't think what happen in Dubai will be the motivation for NZ to play well but Titch (Gordon Tietjens) does set high standards for the boys to play well and be consistent with their performance."

"I can't really pinpoint any best player from both (Fiji and New Zealand) teams as they all have the quality and attributes to be the best sevens players in their own right and to win game on their day,

"And apart from Masilevu, we also have Tim Mickelson who reads the game well and should be the man to watch for New Zealand"

Cama said four teams have the chance to win the Las Vegas 7s title.

"Few teams have the chance to win in Vegas. South Africa is the team to beat as they have been in good form over the last two tournaments but you can't rule out Fiji, of course.

"Samoa always plays well in Vegas, England and I'm sure New Zealand will want to win their first Vegas tournament this weekend."

Fiji will face Scotland in their first pool game at 1.06pm today before battling with Australia at 4.02pm.

The third pool game for Fiji will be against New Zealand at 9.50am tomorrow.








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