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Don't contest line-outs

Josefa Makaba In Sydney, Australia
Monday, January 29, 2018

VUDE king Seru Serevi says he believes Fijians must always try to avoid competing in the lineouts against the other top teams in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The man from Nakorovou Village in Rewa was at Allianz Stadium in Sydney yesterday and watched the Fiji Airways 7s team beaten by USA 24-7 in the Cup quarter-final.

"I don't believe we can compete with the other top teams in this area (line-out)," he said as he watched USA steal a Fijian throw in.

"We were given a penalty and the boys opted to kick for touch.

"It would have been easier for us if they had taken a tap and attacked and not to give away possession.

"That will be to our favour but instead they had taken the tougher route which was kicking for touch," he said.

USA won the resulting throw from that kick and managed to score a try.

"See what I said, we cannot compete with these teams in this area, we need to get away from it."

Serevi was among the thousands of Fijian fans who packed the Allianz Stadium to support the Jerry Tuwai-captained side yesterday.

USA scored four tries to Fiji's one from Eroni Sau, who was rested at the start of the game, in their Cup quarter-final match.

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