Naikasau Sr calls for ‘fast pace’ rugby

Fiji 7s fan Malia Guerra with her daughter Frances with the Fiji 7s team at th HSBC Las Vegas 7s yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Tabadamu rugby 7s team manager Leo Naikasau Sr believes that the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team needs to speed up its pace of attack in order to create chaos in the opposition.

Tabadamu is one of Fiji’s elite local rugby 7s team that has created history in 7s tournaments, winning and defending titles consecutively.

It has also contributed and groomed many national 7s players who have secured overseas contracts and are currently in the squad.

Naikasau Sr believes that the team has what it takes to win tournaments consecutively but with the right set of game plan.

“These are the same group of boys that won the Hamilton 7s tournament in New Zealand but the difference was the pace of the game,” said Naikasau Sr.

“In order to create chaos in the opposition, they need to bring back that fast pace rugby attack and no team in the HSBC will be able to stop them because it will automatically spark that Fijian flare of individual breakthrough and open gaps for tries but in Las Vegas, it was the total opposite.

“The slow pace they played enabled the opponents to counter every off-load and trouble their breakdown in the individual moves they did forcing turnovers and penalties against them.

In relation to the three defeats in Las Vegas against Australia, New Zealand and England, Naikasau Sr suggested that Baber brings back the Fijian fast pace open rugby that they are known for and the boys will create magic in Vancouver.

“Baber’s game plan is OK but the boys need to ignite that Fijian way of rugby because the fitness is already there and if they play a fast pace rugby then no team will stand in their way in Canada,” Naikasau Sr said.

Meanwhile, Fiji is in Pool B with Samoa, Kenya and Canada at the Vancouver 7s this weekend and if they qualify to the quarter-finals they play either New Zealand or Australia.

Tabadamu have produced national reps such as Setefano Cakau, Naikasau Jr, Jone Vota, Beniamino Vota, Teri Tamani and Apenisa Cakaubalavu to name a few.

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