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7s approach

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by April 14, 2017 General

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber is likely to review his approach in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

As the Vodafone Fiji 7s team starts the Singapore 7s campaign against pool opponents Hong Kong, Russia and Canada today, the win in Hong Kong last weekend has seen the former Hong Kong Rugby Union mentor reconsider his options.

He is likely to use Fiji’s past success to help draw his strategies for the remainder of the season and also next season which includes the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in the US.

Baber said the trademark Fijian scissors passing game could be included.

He hinted it might be used in Singapore this weekend after last week’s feat when Fiji shut down South Africa 22-0.

The scissors passing was introduced by the late national coach, Ratu Kitione Tuibua. It helped Fiji during its Hong Kong 7s three years in a row win from 1990-92.

Last week in Hong Kong, 25 years later, the national 7s team scored some of the best tries through these sequences of scissors passing helping the side to become the first team to win the Hong Kong title for three years in a row on three occasions.

“If you look back to past footages they scored tries with ease and it’s difficult to defend and hard for defenders to move together and communicate.

“It is part of our game and the boys have talked about it even though we don’t use it sometimes.”

In Hong Kong last week, Fiji scored one of the best tries of the tournament against Australia in the semi-final which consisted of four scissors passes leading to Kalione Nasoko’s try.

Nasoko also scored a magnificent try against South Africa in the final after a scissors pass involving playmaker Vatemo Ravovou and Sevuloni Mocenacagi .

Baber said the players had recovered well and looked forward to another exciting challenge at the Singapore 7s.

He said the team’s first target was against Hong Kong in their opening game.

“We will take on Hong Kong like any other teams,” he said.

“They also got threats and we will play them the way we got to and in are ready mentally in showing humility and respect and make sure we get what we need to do.”

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will face Hong Kong at 4.52pm today followed by Russia at 7.50pm and Canada at 12.06am tomorrow.

Kenya is the defending champion in Singapore.

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