Baber sounds 7s warning

That smile though.. Fiji Airways 7s debutant Terio Tamani when he scored his first try for Fiji. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team coach Gareth Baber has cautioned national reps not be carried away by the Singapore 7s victory yesterday. After the scintillating 28-22 cup final win, Baber reminded the players that two more tournaments are left in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. It is not time to party yet. “We have a target on our back,” he told World Rugby after the final.

“We are going to keep playing the way we are playing, look after the players and look to the last tournaments in Paris and London.”

The team is expected to land at Nadi International Airport at 4am tomorrow. With the series moving to France on the last week of this month and June 2-3 in London, Baber said it would be more hard work for the team.

“We are going back to basics and keep to the things we have always done. Keeping our feet on the ground knowing that we have not finished and really work hard.”

The national side beat South Africa 12-10 in the Cup semi-final and 24-19 over New Zealand in the quarters. Fiji now leads the series by 145 points — four points ahead of South Africa and New Zealand (120) in third place.

With 22 points to the winner in each tournament, Fiji needs to maintain the lead by ensuring that it reaches the final in Paris, or if any other team wins instead of the Blitzbokke.

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