2018 Dubai 7s: Fiji team directs focus on eliminating catch-up rugby habit

Fiji Airways Men’s 7s players Waisea Nacuqu (left), Kalione Nasoko and Alosio Naduva at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Fiji Airways Men’s 7s players Waisea Nacuqu (left), Kalione Nasoko and Alosio Naduva at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team has directed its focus not only in trying to win the tournament but ward off the habit of playing catch-up rugby, which was a norm in most of their games in the past season.

Team coach Gareth Baber said playing catch-up rugby was an area he continuously addressed with his players during training to improve on in the opening leg of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.

“Dubai is the opening leg of the series and we want to start firing up instead of chasing points at the end of the season and at times in the second half of the game,” Baber said.

“Last season, we finished second in the series despite winning five tournaments so we will try to be consistent this season. With six months remaining gives us ample time to lift our standard in every tournament.

The Fiji 7s team will miss the service of Josua Vakurunabili because of injury, with some new names expected to make the final 13-member squad.

Kalione Nasoko has been given the captaincy role to lead the Fiji 7s team to Dubai.

Fiji is placed in Pool B with Kenya, Scotland and France, South Africa leads Pool A with Argentina, Samoa and Zimbabwe.

In Pool C, Rugby 7s World Cup and Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand will face USA, Spain and Wales, while Pool D sees Australia, England, Canada and Japan.

Fiji will play their first game against France on November 30 at 7.06pm.

Their second match will be against Scotland at 10.06pm and their last pool match will be against Kenya at 4.06 am Saturday morning.

The team departs tomorrow.

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