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Rashneel Kumar
Monday, February 17, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s side has improved significantly under new coach Ben Ryan, who joined the team in October last year.

According to latest statistics, the national side, which is placed third in the HSBC Sevens World Series, has scored the most number of tries so far this season.

Also players Samisoni Viriviri and Benito Masilevu is the top two try scorers with four more tournaments to go in the 2013/14 series.

According to an IRB statement, Fiji is in the top five in tackles made along with series leader New Zealand, South Africa and England.

"Of the 15 core teams, Fiji has made almost 20 per cent more tackles than anyone else this season, and that tells us that they don't want structured possession," the statement said.

"In fact, they want the opposition to have the ball and they want to hit them hard and play fast and loose off scrappy, open-field possession."

Out of the 30 games played by Fiji, the side has won 24 while New Zealand and South Africa tops the winning ratio on 26 and 25, respectively.

"Fiji has won 24 of their 30 games, but until last weekend all their losses had come in either Cup quarter-finals or pool games, which is why they find themselves 26 points off the lead."

Coach Ryan said he had been working with the Key Performance Indicators which he identified before joining the team.

"Stats are always interesting and great so much data is being collected. I collect my own data and different people collect data differently. I look at what's useful, not just interesting," he said.

"I have KPI's that I think are important for us and I will keep them to myself but the general stats that stick out for me from that is 24/30 games won, most tries scored in series this year are Fiji and top two try scorers in series are both Fijians.

"And our points difference this season so far is +472 this year and was +139 at same point last year. That is an improvement of 333 points."

Ryan will soon resume preparations for the Asian leg of the series which starts with the Japan 7s on March 22 followed by the Hong Kong 7s a week later.

Also players Samisoni Viriviri and Benito Masilevu is the top two try scorers with four more tournaments to go in the 2013/14 series.

According to an IRB statement, Fiji is in the top five in tackles made along with series leader New Zealand, South Africa and England.

"Of the 15 core teams, Fiji has made almost 20 per cent more tackles than anyone else this season, and that tells us that they don't want structured possession," the statement said.

"In fact, they want the opposition to have the ball and they want to hit them hard and play fast and loose off scrappy, open-field possession."

Out of the 30 games played by Fiji, the side has won 24 while New Zealand and South Africa tops the winning ratio on 26 and 25, respectively.

"Fiji has won 24 of their 30 games, but until last weekend all their losses had come in either Cup quarter-finals or pool games, which is why they find themselves 26 points off the lead."

Coach Ryan said he had been working with the Key Performance Indicators which he identified before joining the team.

"Stats are always interesting and great so much data is being collected. I collect my own data and different people collect data differently. I look at what's useful, not just interesting," he said.

"I have KPI's that I think are important for us and I will keep them to myself but the general stats that stick out for me from that is 24/30 games won, most tries scored in series this year are Fiji and top two try scorers in series are both Fijians.

"And our points difference this season so far is +472 this year and was +139 at same point last year. That is an improvement of 333 points."





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