Fiji Time: 10:40 PM on Thursday 11 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Battle of speed, flair and power at the Sam Boyd Stadium

Irb
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rugby Sevens may be best known for its speed, flair and modern touches, but when players are training fulltime in pursuit of success, power is another crucial factor with the big men up front and out wide leading the way.

With the narrowest pitch on the circuit at the Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series this weekend, power has always played a part in the winning side's campaign.

Whether it was Alafoti Fa'osiliva powering through the New Zealand defence to give Samoa the title in 2012, or Frankie Horne leading from the front in 2013, the physical encounters are always stepped up a notch in Las Vegas.

Here, we talk with Canada's John Moonlight and Horne himself, as well as coach's from Canada, South Africa and Samoa about the an attribute that gives sides another dynamic in the sport of Sevens.

John Moonlight, Canada: "My role is to open up space for other guys, or even for myself when I try to to cut through holes. I play more of a power game, hitting rucks, trying to break through those gaps — the stuff the smaller fast guys don't do all the time, I am always trying to make sure two guys tackle me, sucking defenders in, and it's the same with rucks trying to make sure we get the ball. Now you need these guys on the field and it adds another dynamic."

Frankie Horne, South Africa: "You have a certain respect for other bigger guys. You look at each other and it's kind of like you're big, I'm big. It is easier to stop a bigger guy, than it is a speedster, for sure. With a guy like Carlin Isles you know if you give him a 5-metre gap you're done for, but if you get in front of him as quick as you can it's a different story. You just have to play your strengths."

Viliamu Punivalu, Samoa coach: "I think every team understands how physical we can get, but that gap is closing up. Other teams have improved the way they train and we can't rely on our shear strength. If you can't go anywhere, you look to your powerful runners to penetrate and that is where they come in. It is important to have two powerful players in your side and if you have three you are a very lucky coach."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65910.6401
JPY 54.274451.2744
GBP 0.32490.3169
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.71410.6811
AUD 0.66860.6436
USD 0.47530.4583

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 11th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dead on the beach
  2. Gone but not forgotten
  3. A-G: Politicians advocated travel ban
  4. Civil servant taken into custody by FICAC
  5. Amendment bid
  6. Rakiraki town flooded, shops closed
  7. Weather watch: Met Office issues heavy rain alert
  8. $25k poultry project
  9. USP's financial review
  10. Former PM's Office PRO found guilty by assessors

Top Stories this Week

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  2. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  3. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  4. 3 MPs are out Wednesday (10 Feb)
  5. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  6. Ryan: Sunshine ahead Tuesday (09 Feb)
  7. Investigation as nurse falls with baby Tuesday (09 Feb)
  8. Dead on the beach Thursday (11 Feb)
  9. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)
  10. Sydney 7s thriller Wednesday (10 Feb)