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Ryan: Team in good form

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan wants to finish the season "hard and fast" in London this weekend.

And he hopes the consistency the team has build on since the Tokyo 7s win in Japan will help them finish on a high in the final tournament of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Fiji is placed third on the series points table with 129 points and has a good chance of finishing on the second spot.

New Zealand leads on 158 while South Africa is second on 139.

Ryan said the team was in a good form.

"Eight losses in eight tournaments, New Zealand have six losses and South Africa has 11. Take away the opening two losses in Gold Coast when I hadn't been coaching or selecting side and that's six losses in seven tournaments, clearly along with New Zealand the best form this year."

Analysing the performance in Glasgow 7s in Scotland held over the weekend, Ryan said they could have done better.

"It was good to beat England but we could have really closed off the game a lot earlier if we had been a bit ruthless and next week is a good opportunity to improve on that.

"Against New Zealand we had our chances and had three good opportunities to score, we didn't.

"Even making one of those would have made the difference but that's 7s and we still are the only team this year to have a winning record against New Zealand and would love to play them again at Twickenham."

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side will play Spain in its opening pool match at 8.44pm on Saturday followed by the match against Japan at 11.50pm.

In the final pool match, Fiji takes on Australia at 3.38am on Sunday.


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