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Top four target

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

SOME changes are expected in the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the last leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland and London.

The Ben Ryan-coached side finished third in the Hong Kong 7s after beating Australia 21-12 in the third place playoff at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday night.

New Zealand won the tournament beating England 26-7 in the final.

While the national team was disappointed with the finish, Ryan said the priority now was getting in the top gear for the Scotland and London 7s tournaments.

Fiji is placed with Wales, Argentina and Kenya in Pool C of the Glasgow 7s which will be held on May 3 and 4.

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side is placed third in the series with 112 points.

New Zealand has regained its lead on 136 while South Africa is on second with 129 points.

Ryan said finishing in the top four in the 2013/14 series was their goal.

"It's always going to be tough. We have been away for two weeks and we have only lost one game and picked a trophy up on the way," he said.

"We are well in contention for the top four finish which will be the Olympic race (next season). We like to be better but let's be realistic about it on what everything was based on this year."

Ryan said the side had a short turnaround time before the Glasgow 7s.

"Just three weeks back in the islands. I got an extended squad training and few boys are pretty bruised and bashed and we are looking forward to getting some more silverware before the end of the series."

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens was impressed with his team's performance and hailed skipper DJ Forbes for guiding the team well in the tournament.

"My captain lead so well from the front, he was simply amazing. And also the other players linked in with him, we played a good final," Tietjens told IRB.

"That puts us back on top now, it's topsy-turvy now which means we need to start well in Scotland, but this will certainly help in going towards winning that title."

The national side is supposed to arrive home early today (Tuesday).





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