Blood battle

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team during the captain's run at the Causeway Bay Sports ground in Hong Kong. Fiji was scheduled to play Samoa in our opening pool game when this edition went to press last night. Picture: RAMA

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team during the captain's run at the Causeway Bay Sports ground in Hong Kong. Fiji was scheduled to play Samoa in our opening pool game when this edition went to press last night. Picture: RAMA

AS the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team battles for its fourth title in a row, six other Fijians would be out to stop Fiji’s attempt for supremacy at the Hong Kong 7s.

National coach Gareth Baber knows this, saying the bid for the title will be a battle.

New Zealand is in the same pool as Fiji and has 50 per cent of its players of Fijian descent. The six players in the 12-member line-up are Salesi Rayasi, Joe Ravouvou, Luke Masirewa, Rocky Khan, Jona Nareki and Jone Rokosoloa.

Fiji played its first game against Samoa last night and will play Russia at 5.54pm and New Zealand at 9.54pm today.

“It’s going to be a battle,” coach Baber said.

However, he believed a win was possible if Fiji played its cards right.

“It’s going to be a battle ánd I don’t know if Samoa could have asked for a better one,” Baber said.

“They (Samoans) don’t need any motivation as they want to knock us off our perch.

“”But we’ve got to approach it with humility and focus.”

Baber said they must play the way they needed to play.

“We’ve got to manage ourselves with the physicality and stay emotionally in control of where we are. We must limit the penalties and control the ball.”

While Fiji has two titles from the Hamilton and Vancouver 7s, NZ has a title after winning the Cape Town 7s.

Fiji is in second place behind South Africa while NZ is in third position.

Fiji: Semi Kunatani, Josua Vakurinabili, Kalione Nasoko, Paula Dranisinukula, Isake Katonibau, Samisoni Viriviri, Mesulame Kunavula, Vatemo Ravouvou, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Eroni Sau, Amenoni Nasilasila and Waisea Nacuqu. NZ: Amanaki Nicole, Salesi Rayasi, Tone Ng Shiu, Joe Ravouvou, Luke Masirewa, Rocky Khan, Daniel Schrijvers, Jona Nareki, Akuila Rokosoloa, Isaac Te Tamaki, Jordan Bunce, Bailey Simonsson and Lotima Faingaanuku.

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