Fiji con­fi­dent of liv­ing up to favourites tag

7 Days in Dubai - - DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS -

43-7 The score in the Olympic fi­nal as Fiji thrashed Team GB

Dur­ing the Rio Olympics, Fiji proved that they could flour­ish un­der the most im­mense pres­sure as they thrashed Team GB in the fi­nal to de­liver their coun­try’s first-ever gold medal. Hav­ing re­turned home to a he­roes’ wel­come, the rugby-mad Pa­cific Is­land now ex­pects the Fi­jian side to con­tinue their dom­i­na­tion of sevens rugby. Tasked with de­liv­er­ing suc­cess in Dubai is Naca Cawanibuka. And the in­terim head coach is con­fi­dent his play­ers will once again thrive un­der the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion. “We know the ex­pec­ta­tion from our peo­ple to per­form and also we have a big tar­get on our back as well,” he said. “But we are fo­cused on the job and we re­alise the re­sults of the past have no bear­ing on what will hap­pen this weekend. “The key is to keep them grounded as when the Fiji boys are re­laxed, calm and smil­ing that is when they per­form to their best. “We want to play the game as a free spirit and play­ers to ex­press them­selves in the Fi­jian way. “As long as we can do that then we can look to win ev­ery time we go out there.” Fiji are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in Dubai and have man­aged to keep the core of the team that de­liv­ered Olympic gold in Rio. They will be in Pool A along­side Ar­gentina, Canada and Wales.

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