Fiji Sevens aim to unseat world series leaders USA with consistency

By Michael Hudson

Fiji Sevens assistant coach Kane Jury said the team needed to be consistent in every area of the game if they are to displace the USA from the top of HSBC World Sevens Series standings and emerge as series winners.

Jury is in charge of the team while head coach Gareth Baber recovers from a bacterial infection. However, Baber was expected to join the team on Friday.

Jury singled out consistency in restarts and defence and said the players are in excellent form and focused.

“The most important thing for us is consistency,” Jury was quoted as saying by Fiji Sun. “But for us, it’s about consistency in our restarts and defence. The opportunity to go over to London to play is extraordinary and the boys are ready for it.

“It’s about getting better on every game. We found out in Singapore as we were faced with a pretty tough situation after day 1 and in day 2 we put in a performance we are proud of.

“It was a big development for the boys on and off the field. There were not many changes in the team but to maintain that cohesion in the team is very important.”

Jury’s delighted with the return of injured players and is especially happy to have playmaker Waisea Nacuqu back in the squad.

“It’s good to have Waisea Nacuqu back and it makes a big difference on the pitch as a playmaker,” Jury said. “A lot of development of the last two tournaments has been off the field particularly on their mental skills.

“It has been a lot more going on for the team during their community visits and also going to the children’s hospital. The development is about people and that will take them a long way.”

Fiji are second in the standings standings on 142 points after eight tournaments, three points behind USA and 12points ahead of third placed New Zealand.

Fiji have been drawn in Group B of the London Sevens against France, Samoa and Kenya. London Sevens kicks off on May 25.

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