Dis­ci­pline is an is­sue, says PNG coach

Guise en­cour­ages his play­ers to lift their per­for­mance and to avoid any yel­low card. Feed­back: grace.narayan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun - - Sports - GRACE NARAYAN Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Dis­ci­pline was the ma­jor draw­back ex­pe­ri­enced by the Pa­pua New Guinea men’s sevens side dur­ing the open­ing day of the 2017 Ocea­nia Sevens Rugby Cham­pi­onship, says head coach Dou­glas Guise.

The side beat Tu­valu 26-10 in their pool opener hop­ing to se­cure a spot in to­day’s Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

“Our aim is to qual­ify for the quar­ters and hope­fully make a mark in this tour­na­ment,” Guise said. “De­spite win­ning our first game against Tu­valu, it was a bit scrappy in the sense that we had en­coun­tered a few yel­low cards which is not a good way to start the com­pe­ti­tion.

“For me per­son­ally, I think the boys didn’t re­spect the op­po­si­tion at all and dis­ci­pline was way off the mark.” Guise said that they should avoid mak­ing those mis­takes to­day and has en­cour­aged his play­ers to keep im­prov­ing their per­for­mance.

“We’ve been part of this tour­na­ment for a num­ber of years and this is also my sec­ond time in Fiji coach­ing the side for the Ocea­nia tour­na­ment.”

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Pa­pua New Guinea men’s sevens team at ANZ Sta­dium, Suva on Novem­ber 10, 2017.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Fiji Air­ways Fi­jiana 7s winger Ti­maima Rav­isa on her way to score against Samoa.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Dan­ger­ous tackle on a Tongan player in their clash against Solomon Is­lands.

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