Dubai 7s: Baber anticipates different game plans from opponents

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s players on their way to Yanuya. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team coach Gareth Baber will infuse his game plan when his side takes on the underdogs of the World 7s Series in the Dubai 7s tournament next month.

Fiji has been drawn in a tough pool in the opening round of the 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series facing Kenya, Scotland, and France in the pool matches.

Baber said he would expect three different game patterns from our opponents.

“The draw provides a mix of style for us to combat,” Baber said.

“We are aware of the physicality that Kenya will bring, Scotland will want to create pressure through moving the ball from edge to edge while France will look to individual game breakers to give them advantage. This is to keep us on our toes and hungry to put in place our game.”

Fiji has only won the Dubai 7s twice in the series – in 2013 and 2015 before South Africa won the title back to back and will defend it this year.

Series winners South Africa is in Pool A with Argentina, Samoa and the invitational Zimbabwe 7s team.

Rugby 7s World Cup champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist New Zealand leads Pool C with USA, Spain and Wales.

In Pool D are Australia, England, Canada and Japan.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team is pooled with Canada, France and Spain in Pool C after their poor performance in the Colorado 7s tournament last weekend.

The Dubai 7s will be held from November 30 to December 1.

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