Gareth Baber is eyeing top place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens points table as he prepares his Fijians for one of their favourite events, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from April 5-7.
During a training session at Albert Park, Baber said that they would approach each game as a final.
“We want to finish on top of the world and the next tournament is an important one and we are put in a tough pool.” Said Gareth Baber.
Fiji are third in the standings after six tournaments on 101 points, with the USA leading on 113 and New Zealand second on 106. Baber’s men are in pool C in Hong Kong alongside New Zealand, Australia and Kenya – clearly the tournament’s group of death.
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He also said it was important to aim beyond pool games and keep in mind Fiji’s goal of winning the entire series. The coach intends to use the 43rd Bitter Marist Sevens as a platform to fine-tune his charges. The tournament, which will run for two days, will be played at the ANZ stadium in Suva.
According to Baber Only a few players will be released to play in the Marist Sevens considering the task ahead of them in Hong Kong.
“We need to ensure that this players don’t pick up any injury with the amount of training they have done this week.” Baber said. “As a coach I’m mindful of the fact that some of these players need game time as well.”
The Welshman confirmed duo Terry Tuwai and Kalione Nasoko are undergoing treatment for the injuries they sustained in the previous outings. The team hoped to see them in future training sessions.
The Marist Sevens will feature the Russia sevens team coached by former Fiji legend Waisale Serevi.