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Coach sets pace

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is concentrating on set pieces as the national side prepares for the HSBC Sevens World Series Glasgow tournament this weekend.

Ryan will iron out this aspect of the game in two scrimmaging sessions against the US and Canada.

Ryan said he wanted his players to play to their best. He also mentioned the scrimmaging sessions were important to gauge the team's defence structure.

"We will have two scrimmaging sessions against USA and Canada," he said.

"It's good to play different teams to hone our tactics, start points of set piece and team defence structure."

The Osea Kolinisau-captained side was welcomed at Glasgow by Flying Fijians Nikola Matawalu and Jerry Yanuyanutawa who play for the Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition.

With the support of the Fijian community, Ryan said it was important to stick to the focus of playing well this weekend.

"Both the Glasgow Warriors boys came and said hi yesterday and that was good. It's great to see Fijian community but it's priority to make sure the team is ready for the weekend and that means rest and recovery is vital."

Upon arrival, the side had recovery sessions. On Monday, Ryan took his troops to the gym and had a light rugby session.

Yesterday, the side played US in a scrimmaging session. Fiji plays its first game against Argentina at 9.30pm on Saturday.

He said the focus for the side was to overcome Argentina in the first pool hurdle.

"We're drawn in a hard pool. We're not looking beyond getting game one right versus Argentina."

Fiji will then play Kenya and Wales on Sunday morning. Fiji is third in the series with 112 points. World champion NZ leads with 136 followed by South Africa on 129. Australia is fourth with 87 points.





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