Fiji 7s team focus on recovery

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s captain Kalione Nasoko is embraced by Jerry Tuwai after the team lost to New Zealand 19-14 after thier quarter final match at the HSBC USA 7s in Las Vegas. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE USA 7s in Las Vegas done and dusted, our national men’s sevens rugby team will now focus on their recovery for a better outing in Vancouver this weekend.

How a team recovers after a day or weekend of matches determines their performance in their next matches, coach Gareth Baber said.

“It’s absolutely important,” Baber said.

“Not everyone get the same amount of sleep. You will find that some of them- after a tournament , they don’t sleep simply because they are too hyped. They would go to sleep at 4am or 5am and getting up after two hours to get onto an airplane is tough.”

Most coaches after the first and second days of the tournament emphasised on the need to recover well for next matches.

“We have to manage them (Fiji team) as staffs and ensure they have to be where they have to be come performance time,” Baber said.

“The strategy involved in that is important.”

Fiji had its own miseries during the tournament with two injuries to Paula Dranisinikula and Waisea Nacuqu.

Dranisinikula was injured during the match against New Zealand. Sevuloni Mocenacagi, the 13th man was called in as a replacement for Nacuqu who suffered a collar bone injury.

This season’s debutante, Aminiasi Tuimaba was cited for a dangerous tackle during the match against New Zealand and copped a penalty of three matches.

During the 5th place semi-final and final, Fiji played with only 10 men with a player injured, on suspension and the 13th man already in the team.

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