Cama wary of Fiji

New Zealand 7s assistant coach Tomasi Cama Jr. Picture: FILE/JONACANI LALAKOBAU

ALL Blacks Sevens team assistant coach Tomasi Cama Jr is wary of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team.

He said the wounded Fijians, after the loss in Dubai last weekend, would bounce back because they were determined to win.

He made the comment yesterday as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves to South Africa this weekend. Cama, who played a huge role in guiding New Zealand to win the Dubai 7s last weekend, said the Kalione Nasoko-captained Fijians would be “deadly in South Africa.”

Fiji bowed out to USA in the Dubai quarter-finals, but bounced back to down Argentina and South Africa in the plate semi-final and final respectively.

The former New Zealand 7s playmaker said like all other participating teams Fiji would be at their best this weekend.

“I still believe Fiji always has a chance at every tournament,” said Cama.

“I am sure the coach will look at their game from last week and identify what’s needed to be their focus this week and work on it.

“Effort is going to be massive for them and details on their game and I know they will prepare well and do better this weekend. They will be dangerous.”

He said exciting battles were expected in South Africa after all teams had gauged their performance at the Dubai 7s.

“We expect this weekend’s 7s to be another tough one. All teams have played last week and they all have match fitness now and obviously analyse other teams so it’s going to be harder.”

Meanwhile, Fiji will be without playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila and forward Beniamo Vota in the first two opening pool games against France and Kenya respectively.

Nasilasila copped a red card against Argentina in Dubai while Vota was also cited for a dangerous tackle in the same match that saw the duo miss out on the plate final against South Africa.

However, former skipper Jerry Tuwai has been cleared from the injury he sustained in Dubai and will provide the much needed boost in the team.

Fiji is pooled with France, Kenya and England.

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