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7s wants top finish

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s team is aiming for a strong finish at the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in a bid to set a benchmark for the all-important next season which starts in Australia in October.

The top four place-getters in the 2014/2015 edition will gain automatic entry at the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The national side departed for Scotland yesterday seemingly confident of completing their task.

The side has a long journey to get to Scotland, travelling via Seoul and Heathrow to Glasgow.

Team manager Paula Biu said expectations were high from the boys.

Biu said the scrimmaging sessions against some teams had not been confirmed.

"The boys are looking forward to play well," he said.

"We have received a few requests for scrimmaging sessions in Scotland, but at the moment nothing has been confirmed.

"I would like to ask the fans for their patience and the support for the two tournaments. It is a long journey and we will overnight in Seoul. We have our trainer Naca Cawanibuka who will handle the recovery part."

Fiji with 112 points is third on the table behind leader New Zealand with 136 points and South Africa with 129 points.

Biu said coach Ben Ryan had mapped out game plans that would suit the side against the oppositions in the different weather condition.

"At the moment we are ranked third, so we will try and push to win these two tournaments," he said.

"It will set a platform for the next important series where the top four will automatically qualify for the Olympics.

"Viriviri (Samisoni) has done things in tournaments which are hard to predict. He will be trying to cap off the 7s season on a high note and maintain his ranking as the season's top try scorer."

The Glasgow 7s will be played from May 3-4 while the London 7s will be played from May 10-11.








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