Fiji aims to improve performance in Cape Town

Fiji 7s reps, Ratu Meli Derenalagi, centre, with teammates Apenisa Cakaubalavu, left, and Aminiasi Tuimaba at a training session in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: SUPPLIED/ FRU

THE FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team will try to improve from its fifth place finish in Dubai and make a comeback at this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series’ Cape Town 7s in South Africa.

Fiji team head coach Gareth Baber said he would take an unchanged squad to the tournament in South Africa with a couple of small problems to overcome in the early stages of day one.

Olympic gold medallist Jerry Tuwai is set to play again after suffering a dislocated finger last weekend. Baber said Tuwai had recovered from the injury on his finger and was OK to play this weekend.

Baber said the suspension of two of his players was a big blow to their campaign.

“Amenoni Nasilasila and Beniamino Vota both received three-match suspensions last weekend for dangerous tackles.

“They have served one match and will be unavailable for selection in the first two pool games for Cape Town,” said Baber.

The head coach said he was not satisfied with the final standing in Dubai and the squad would be working hard on the training grounds for the next round.

The team is pooled with England, France and Kenya. Fiji will play its first game against France at 10pm at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday.

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