Fiji Sevens Captain Rusila Nagasau said her players were keen to bury the ghost of their disappointing Kitakyushu performance and regain their pride in the Langford Sevens tournament in Canada.
Fiji’s performance in the Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan was disappointing after they lost all three pool games and were relegated to the Challenge Trophyt. Fiji would go on to win the second-tier tournament after beating Spain 41-12 in the final and left Kitakyushu with nothing more than a consolation prize.
Speaking to the press on her return back home, Nagasau admitted the team fell short of expectations in Kitakyushu and said the team are focused on getting back on track and performing well in the remaining tournaments.
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“The tournament was a grand one but we did not reach what we aimed for, Nagasau told the Fiji Sun. “We managed to come back on the second day and as we did talked about sticking to our game plan up and getting things up and running.
“It is not about how long we are to stay down but it’s all about getting up to our feet and moving on from there.”
A major boost for the Fijiana is the fact that none of the players is sidelined with injury and the coach will have all of his stars to call upon.
Fiji are 10th in the HSBC Women’s Rugby Sevens World Series after four tournament on 13 points, three points ahead of China occupying 11th position. Fiji will have to put in a strong performance in the remaining two tournaments if they are to avoid relegation and retain their core team status in the World Series.
lympic qualification through the World Series is impossible as they will finish outside the top four at the end of the six-leg world series, which means they need to go through regional qualifiers.
The top four teams are New Zealand (72), Canada (66), USA (64), Australia (56) and France (46).
The Langford Sevens in Canada are on May 11-12. Pool games for the tournament are yet to be announced.
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