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Jovesa Naisua In Vancouver
Friday, March 09, 2018

SEVENS rugby may only be 14 minutes or more if it's a final, but the pressure on players to focus on every area of the game is huge.

When the new tackling rules were introduced last year, the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team "coped" but had challenges of playing to the rules.

Thankfully, as coach Gareth Baber confirmed in Vancouver, this is no longer an issue.

There may have been a few penalties for incorrect tackles and as Baber said a high tackle or two during a tournament during these series but this is similar to all teams in the series.

"We have had more instructions from World Rugby last week about the arriving player from an attack supporting his own body weight so that was featured on....we had only one penalty for that.

"There's a lot of things going on in the game that we have to focus on, World Rugby is forever giving us things to focus on to clean the game up," Baber said.

On the penalty card, Baber was content with Fiji's performance at Las Vegas, which he said was one of the best for side as it reduced its penalty count.

"We obviously had a knockdown.....(Alasio) Naduva's yellow card (in Las Vegas) on the knock-down but obviously it was a challenge in the air which we had worked a lot on.

"I think we were slightly harsh done by to get the yellow card on but we don't want to give the opposition ammunitions or chances to play that they didn't have to work for.

"Ensuring that we always have seven on the field all the time is always an issue, we know exactly what we have to got to do."

Fiji is in the same pool as Kenya, France and Spain. Fiji has a 73 per cent chance of winning its matches. It has played 30 games in the series. It has won 22 and lost eight. In total, the side has scored 683 points, 105 tries and copped 11 yellow cards. On average, Fiji will score 22 points per match and at least three to four tries.

France, South Africa and Wales are behind Fiji with 10 yellow cards while NZ has copped nine from the past five tournaments.

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