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7s rating up

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 01, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s side goes into the final leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London with a winning rate of 81 per cent.

According to the latest statistical report released by the International Rugby Board, the Ben Ryan-coached side has the win per cent of 81 in the pool games, knockout stages and overall, respectively.

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side has also reaffirmed its status as the most effective team in the series despite the third place finish in the Hong Kong 7s.

Fiji is placed third in the series on 112 points, dominates the most tries scored per match and the most points scored per match.

The side has also the best try scoring rate of 43 which is one try in every 83 seconds.

Fiji has scored most tries from penalties, free kicks and from restarts.

The report also stated the national side had the highest contestable restart success and most likely to kick contestable restarts.

Coach Ryan is impressed with the improvements adding they will continue working on areas of concern to ensure a better performance next season.

The top four from the 2014/15 IRB 7s series will book their places in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

"The areas we have worked hard on like kick-offs and decisions around the ruck etc. have shown big gains," Ryan said.

Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s side is winding down preparations for the Glasgow 7s which starts this Saturday.

Fiji plays Argentina in its opening pool match at 9.30pm on Saturday before taking on Kenya at 12.36am and Wales at 3.47am on Sunday.

The national side played US in a warm-up match on Tuesday.

Fiji 7s: Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Leo Naikasau, Osea Kolinisau (c), Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Semi Kunatani, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata, Waisea Nacuqu

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