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Talented Fijiana girls win praise

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE Telecom Fijiana 7s team has the material and the talent to beat top rugby 7s nations such as Australia and New Zealand.

This is according to team mentor Iliesa Tanivula after guiding the side to their best ever international 7s outing.

Tanivula's guidance and the players' commitments enabled the side to improve from their ninth world ranking to the top four spot at the recent China 7s.

The Nadi-based coach said there were rooms for improvements in order for the girls to evenly contest against these rugby giants.

He said there was a need to improve on the girls' strengths and conditioning training which would come handy at crunch time.

The former All Blacks 7s rep said the girls had shown their capability and thanked FRU and Telecom for their support.

"There are rooms for improvement and with more resources available to the girls, I believe they will better their performance from fourth position," said Tanivula.

"The girls did a lot of hard work to get up from ninth to fourth ranking. It is not an easy task especially punching up above our weights and coming against professional sides like England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"To beat professional teams like England and Ireland speak volumes of the girls' commitment and sheer hard work.

Tanivula said the girls ran out of gas in the last day of the competition resulting in their semi-final loss.

"If we can get the strengths and conditioning training right and with the support of the sponsors these girls will do wonders."

"We just ran out of gas in the second day and if we can get these elements we can be on the same level with teams such as New Zealand and Australia.

"I have spoken to the girls on the areas that needed to be improved on but overall I thank them for their achievements," he added.

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