Pacific Games 2023 | Volivoli rates young guns

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Iowane Raturaciri, left, and a teammate put a Papua New Guinea player down during their Pacific Games clash. Fiji 7s captain Suliano Volivoli has been pleased with the performance of the young players at the Pacific Games. The Fiji men’s and Fijiana sides featured in the finals. Picture: MELI LADDPETER

Fiji men’s national skipper Suliano Volivoli gave credit to the younger players for their efforts in their 24-10 victory against Papua New Guinea in the semifinal of Rugby 7s at the Pacific Games yesterday.

As the defending champions continued their winning form, Volivoli said what he loved most about his side was consistency.

“I am very happy with the way our younger players have been performing here at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands,” he said.

“They have been working hard over the past few weeks and months, and now it’s all bearing fruit.”

Volivoli said they had to dig deep for their win against PNG, giving credit to the side for putting up a tough battle.

“PNG has been and is always one of the toughest teams to play against, they have been performing well too in the past two rounds.”

He thanked his side for the effort and teamwork executed during their past few games.

“Consistency is a key element while playing 7s, and I’m happy to say that the boys have been consistent in their performance.

“Most of the players are younger boys just looking to make their way into the national 7s team which is coached by Ben Gollings.

“The dream of competing at various international 7s tournaments is alive for almost all of the players in the team.”

The men’s side played Samoa in the gold medal match last night.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana 7s also secured a spot in the gold medal match after thumping Tonga 44-nil in the semifinal.

The Fijiana played Papua New Guinea in the final last night.