‘Still early days’

Second day, 1 December, Dubai Sevens 2018 at The Sevens for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018, Dubai - UAE - Photos Martin Seras Lima

FORMER Fiji 7s winger Waisake Bole says it is still early days for the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team to be written off by rugby fans and critics.

Fiji finished in fifth place at the first overall standing of the World Rugby Sevens Series after the Dubai 7s at the weekend.

The Gareth Baber coached team beat last year’s winner South Africa 24-19 for fifth place.

“It is just the first tournament and although they lost to the United States in the Cup quarter-finals, they managed to beat South Africa which shows the capability of the team,” Bole said.

He represented Fiji alongside the likes of rugby 7s wizard Waisale Serevi between 2001 and 2002. He was a member of the Nasinu Rugby Club.

Fiji also started slow last season but ended up winning more tournaments in last year’s series.

“Both Fiji and South Africa started slow, but they will be the teams to watch at the business end of the series,” Bole said critics were already talking on the performance of the Fiji team when what they need is support.

“We have to support the teams they are capable of much more and we must trust the coach, hopefully he knows what he’s doing,” said Bole.

New Zealand leads the overall standing after winning the Dubai 7s with 22 points with the US in second with 19 points.

England comes in at third with 17 points, fourth is Australia with 15 points and then Fiji in fifth place with 13 points.

Despite the fifth place finish Fiji totalled the most points scored by a team over the weekend with 172 points followed by Australia with 165 points and the Dubai 7s champions in third with 149 points.

This is important as Fiji now closes the gap in the Most Points Scored tally on the 7s series with New Zealand on top with 26824 points and Fiji a close second with 26097 points.

The Fiji 7s team move on to Cape Town, South Africa this week for the second tournament in the first leg of the series.

New Zealand is the defending champion of the Cape Town 7s tournament.

 

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