Back It Up, Cawanibuka Warns

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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.

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