Fijiana Sevens coach Saiasi Fuli plays down expectations for Langford

By Michael Hudson

Fijiana Sevens coach Saiasi Fuli said he wanted his team to stay positive and perform to the best of their abilities at Canada Sevens in Langford.

The team’s performance in the 2018-19 HSBC Rugby Women’s Sevens world series have been disappointing so far and is reflected in their overall position in the standings. They occupy 10th position after four tournaments with 13 points and are just three points clear of the relegation spot held by China.

Fiji finished ninth in both Sydney and the Kitakyushu Sevens and Fuli said the team have prepared well for Langford after working hard on discipline, organisation, defence and composure.

“Although I came in half way into the series we came ninth in Sydney and again in Japan. So this is the right time for us to go one step further and try to reach the Cup quarter final,” Fuli was quoted as saying by SUNsport.

“A lot of things like our preparations during our last week in camp, how well we stay organised, disciplined and how well we stay connected in terms of defending and if we can maintain our composure means a lot to us.

“Especially in terms of defending our line when playing the big teams and if we do well we can come out on a positive note. There is nothing to promise about this team we just need to work hard on our weekly preps, stay positive and deliver the goods by winning our games.”

Olympic qualification for the Fijiana Sevens is not possible because the team cannot achieve a top four finish in the six-leg series. Fiji have been drawn against USA, France and Spain in pool C of the Langford Sevens.

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