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Baber challenges players on control and possession

Peni Komaisavai
Monday, October 30, 2017

FIJI Airways Sevens sets focus on kick-off retention game pattern, an area of the game that coach Gareth Baber views as crucial in executing their structure of play.

"I will be challenging the players to control kick off time, especially our restart chase. This is crucial to the functioning of our ability to control possession and pressure the opposition with our ability to play high tempo attacking rugby," Baber said.

He said they had continued training in accordance with their individual and team planning.

"After arriving in Australia on Tuesday we have continued with high intensity and volume in the work we are doing with focus on both attack and defence.

"In this tournament I will be looking to challenge the players with their work individually in defence but specifically discipline in the tackle and ensuring that we keep seven on the field."

He said they anticipated and looked forward to competing against several different styles of sevens rugby from Australian, New Zealand and other Fijian-based teams.

Baber had earlier highlighted that they would be using the Central Coast Sevens, Silicon Valley Sevens in USA and the Oceania Sevens Championship as a preparation platform for the gruelling HSBC sevens series.

The 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season will also include the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup.

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