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Team wants to improve discipline

Maciu Malo In Las Vegas
Saturday, March 03, 2018

IN a move to reduce the number of yellow cards, the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team has put in a place disciplinary measures for any player who cops a card in this weekend's USA 7s in Las Vegas.

Head coach Gareth Baber yesterday revealed all players and management had agreed to the disciplinary measure and they would try their best not to commit the offence. He, however, refused to disclose the type of punishment to be handed to players.

Fiji and New Zealand recorded the highest number of yellow cards after the completion of the first four tournaments with eight each.

"We have our own system in the team where we penalise those that copped yellow cards but we don't want to disclose it," said Baber.

"The reality is that players have to make adjustments with the way they tackle and it's a habitual thing they do growing up and they continue to do it and I am trying to turn things around."

He said the players had talked about the issue and was confident the boys would maintain discipline throughout.

Another area of concern raised was the amount of missed tackles by the team.

The side recorded six missed tackles per game which is estimated at 144 missed tackles in 24 games after four tournaments.

Baber said he also had discussed thoroughly the issue and the target was to lift their game to another level this week.

He said the focus was on Russia in their first game then followed by France. The side will face Kenya in their last pool game tomorrow.

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