Fiji 7s team wary of opponents, expects fireworks

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber talks to his boys during training in Utah. Picture: SUPPLIED/Fiji Rugby

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team is expecting fireworks from their opening pool game either from Japan or Uruguay.

Head coach Gareth Baber said the side would not be carried away by reputation of these teams, but expect them to come hard against the Fijians. He said Japan showed its class during the Rio Olympics when it reached the semi-finals and expected a tough challenge in their opening game.

“I am expecting them to come and play likes it’s a final,” said Baber.

“They know the pressure will be on us as these teams will try and give a crack at their final you see at the Olympics what Japan did.

“They know exactly where we will be this year and what we are aiming to do for this tournament and they will want to upset the party.

“Japan has been a force on the world series and obviously they will be getting back there again and we will not take any team for granted.

“We don’t have any right to do that and as it stands it is a matter of taking each game and making sure we are humble enough of getting past each game.”

Baber will name his final 12-member team after their two training weeks in Utah.

He said the boys would give their best to deliver the goods for the country.

The side is expected to play a few warm-up games in Utah where Baber will test his best combination before the team departs for the world cup in San Francisco.

Some key players likely to get the cut are skipper Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvu, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra, Leone Nakarawa, Semi Kunatani, Eroni Sau, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Jasa Vermalua, Amenoni Nasilasila, Josua Vakurunabuli and Paula Dranisinukula.

The world cup will be held in San Francisco from July 20-22.

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