Dere: Defence is key

Fiji's Josua Vakurinabuli on attack against South Africa's Seabelo Senatla in London. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

SOLID defence is the key to winning against any team. Former Fiji 7s coach Alivereti Dere said the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team’s fourth consecutive title portrays the stability of their defence. “If you watch Fiji’s games, in the past four tournaments, the key to their victory was the strength of their defence and how rugged it was that automatically transformed into their attack and scoring tries,” Dere said.

He said looking back to the previous games in Hong Kong, Vancouver and Singapore their defence was consistent and led to their victory.

“From the previous tournaments, I can say Fiji’s defence pattern have progressed and the outcome was winning four titles back to back,” said Dere.

“In the London 7s Josua Tuisova and Semi Radradra’s inclusion only boosted the players strength and their defence led to their unstoppable attacks towards the tryline. The former national 7s skipper and coach also pointed out on the build-up towards the Rugby Sevens World Cup next month stating that Gareth Baber has a good team in hand and the inclusion of a few more players will only boost his final squad.

“Baber has a good team that has been participating throughout the season and if he includes Tuisova, Radradra and Leone Nakarawa his team will be unstoppable,” Dere said.

“We’ve seen the effects of Radradra and Tuisova in the field and the outcome of the game and Nakarawa is a player that any team would like to contract and the reason being is his ability in kick-offs and his attacking skills and off-loads will be an impact for the team.”

Meanwhile, Semi Kunatani joins the 7s team in Paris, France as they gear up for the last tournament of the series before the World Cup next month in San Francisco, USA.

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