Back It Up, Cawanibuka Warns
The new reps in the Vodafone Fijian 7s team stepped up on day one of the Oceania 7s tournament but they will need to “back it up” again today. Acting coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka said the Oceania 7s is a good selection platform for the World Sevens Series next month. “I think the new boys really stepped up well,” Cawanibuka said. “There are some really good talent that showed up for Fiji and they will need to back it up in the second day against stiffer opposition. “This gives us a good indication of all the kind of players we want to take for the World Sevens Series. The Oceania 7s is also a platform where we really want to test these boys.” Remaining unbeaten in the first day, Fiji beat American Samoa (520), Papua New Guinea (31-12), Nauru (72-0) and Tonga (42-19). “It was a good day and the boys got some really good test as well, it was a good opportunity for them to start playing well again,” he said. “Obviously there is a lot of work that we need to do, we will have a look at the tape and we will take it on from there. “I am pleased the boys finished the day and there is no injury, there are things that we need to correct before we come up against tough teams which will really test us in our defence. “We thank the boys for their effort and we will go back review, recover and come back better.”
Oceania 7s Day One results Women: Fiji 54-0 PNG, Samoa 0-33 Cook Islands, Australia 54-0 Solomon Islands, PNG 12-5 Cook Islands, Tonga 21-0 Solomon Islands, Fiji 28-5 Samoa, Australia 25-5 Tonga, Cook Islands 57-0 Solomon Islands, Samoa 10-28 Papua New Guinea, Fiji 38-0 Tonga, Australia 43-0 Cook Islands, PNG 45-0 Solomon Islands. Men: Cook Islands 24-7 New Caledonia, Australia 41-0 Solomon Islands, PNG 29-5 Nauru, Fiji 52-0 American Samoa, Australia 12-7 Cook Islands, Samoa 52-0 Solomon Islands, Fiji 31-12 PNG, Tonga 38-7 American Samoa, Australia 57-5 New Caledonia, Samoa 33-5 Cook Islands, Fiji 73-0 Nauru, Tonga 1028 PN G, Solomon Islands 12-26 New Caledonia, Australia 5-24 Samoa, American Samoa 17-15 Nauru, Fiji 42-19 Tonga. Fixtures Today Men: 11am Cook Islands vs Solomon Islands, 11:21 PNG- American Samoa; 11:42 Samoa- New Caledonia; 12:03pm Tonga-Nauru. Women 12:24pm PNG-Tonga; 12:45AustraliaSamoa; 1:06 Fiji-Solomon Islands Edited by Leone Cabenatabua
Nacanieli Labalaba beats an American Samoa player at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.