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Former coach's 7s view

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

ALL coaches should know what to do with his team whether it's a win or loss.

That is the thought of former national sevens coach Peni Veidreyaki following Fiji's performance at the Sydney 7s over the weekend.

While joining other Fijian fans and experts reacting the national side's performance in Australia, the Yasawa native noted national 7s coach Gareth Baber should have learnt from last year's performances.

Veidreyaki believes Baber should have learnt from the few tournaments they had played, especially the loss in Dubai and South Africa which he said was a good platform for the coach to strategise his plans come the next game.

"The coach makes the call and he should be determining and dictating on the players' ways of doing things, according to the available skills," Veidreyaki said.

"After the first two tournaments (Dubai and South Africa), he (Baber) should have been well versed with what to do next, come the next leg in regards to skills, players and what kind of game plan he needs to engage."

Veidreyaki said he was quite impressed with the team's selection because of the number of speedsters being selected. However, they were not well utilised to tackle and defend well and made to focus on the field of play during the seven minutes of play.

The 66-year-old has also called on Baber to make use of Saiasi Fuli's expertise being the assistant coach as he is well-versed with the typical Fijian style of rugby and would assist him a lot in his coaching skills.

Veidreyaki, the first Fijian coach to win the Wellington 7s said the team needed to improve on quite a lot of areas - defence, support play, game plan and utilising team rather than individualism.

He shared his view on nippy halfback Jerry Tuwai's performance in Sydney, noting that his performance dropped a bit maybe because of the leadership role that had been given to him.

"Looking at Tuwai's performance he did not perform that well compared with previous years maybe because his role as a captain must have been a burden on him. Maybe he will improve in the other tournaments, but there are other players in the team too who can play that role."

Veidreyaki has also called on the team to put their act together and play for the Fijian nation in Hamilton, New Zealand, this weekend.

"To the boys, get God to give you the initiatives, believe in yourselves and believes in that God-given skills that are there with you and do thing that are in par with the competition level."

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