Las Vegas 7s: France tests Fijians in scrimmaging session

Fiji and France players during the scrimmaging session in Las Vegas. Picture: ELENOA BASELALA

NATIONAL men’s sevens rugby teams of Fiji and France had a scrimmaging session this afternoon at the Kelloggs Zaher Sporting Complex in Las Vegas.

The session is part of the teams’ preparation for this weekend’s three day HSBC Las Vegas 7s.

Ranked 12 in the current series standings, France tested Fiji with players managing to run past defenders a couple of times.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber used the opportunity to test various player combinations.

At the break of one session, Baber was heard coaching the players on tackling and reminded them to “laiva” or release the ball.

Baber said with the height advantage of the Fiji team, they would try and win restarts, keep possession and create chaos.

Fiji is in the same pool as Wales, Scotland and Australia while France is in Pool B with defending champions USA, Argentina and Kenya.

The national team will have a day of tomorrow and will also use the opportunity to visit C.P.Squires, one of the County Clark Schools as part of the Adopt A School program organised by USA Sevens.

The side will have its captain’s run on Thursday (Friday Fiji time) before playing Scotland at 11.22am on Saturday.

Fiji is currently third in the HSBC World Sevens Series with 72 points.

Leaders are New Zealand and USA with 76 points each.

The HSBC Las Vegas 7s is the fifth tournament of the series.

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