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Pravin Narain
Thursday, March 08, 2018

FIJI 7s players need to communicate in defence and cordon off the outside area to stop Perry Baker from scoring tries, says former Fiji 7s wing, Sireli Bobo.

Bobo, who was one of the top wingers in 7s and 15s for the national rugby team said Fijian players displayed brilliant 7s rugby, but poor defence and communication always let them down especially against USA in the semi-final of the USA 7s last weekend.

"In my opinion, I believe Fiji did well apart from being unlucky when Perry Baker scored those two tries even though they lost I was happy with their performance in the tournament against New Zealand and the USA," he said.

"Fiji needs to iron out the basic errors. We need to step up in our defence and communication department because every team can attack, but defence win games. They need to tidy their defence in terms of one on one tackle and communication in defence.

"There are a lot of negative comments on Facebook, but the players played well."

Bobo was one of the top wingers in Fiji and he is still known for his try which he scored against New Zealand in the 2005 Rugby World Cup final where he ran on the wings laughing and putting his tongue out in celebration.

"Perry Baker is a winger and being a winger myself I would close him from outside and make him come inside as there are other players who can tackle him down inside. The players should not give him any space to work with," he said.

"We saw when Alasio Naduva make a break but we saw Baker's speed. We have to shut him down in the first attempt. Our boys were unlucky when he scored the try and I am a winger and the only thing I would do is to close him up and let him go inside and I would ensure he does not go past me. Once Perry Baker breaks then it becomes hard for the sweeper to stop him because of his speed.

"Nothing changes in rugby whether it is Olympic Games or Commonwealth Games, rugby is rugby and the main focus is to win the Commonwealth Games.

"There has been a lot of tournaments from the first tournament until now."

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