April 19, 2021
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We need to work on tackling, scrums: Baber

Fiji 7s Coach Gareth Baber says they still need to work on their tackling skills and need to feed the scrums well.

Baber said in order to avoid cards and penalties, the players need to utilise their tackling skills wisely and display quality game on the field.

“The key parts of our game really need to improve and tackle quality is at the top list. We need to make sure that we don’t give away too many penalties or receive yellow cards. And I think if we are ahead in those two then I believe we will progress well domestically and also internationally.”

“We just need to show what we learn in the training session on the field which is really important. Tackling was an issue at the Marist sevens from the national boys and that’s something that pulled the performance down but it’s in the bucket to work on also,” Baber said.

“So basically when we talk about tackling, then it comes in many ways and when we the boys are tackled-they need to get back up really quickly and continue with the game. Whatever we display here is to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics where we need to give our best performance.”

“When the boys tackle players then they need to be really careful and avoid any cards. We saw that during Marist sevens and also at the series legs which was quite disappointing. But then I believe the boys are practicing whatever they learn during the training on the field.”

“When you look at teams like New Zealand and South Africa and when their players are tackled they get back on foot really quick and hit back again. Even when their tackle is very manageable and they try their best not to get any cards and those are the things that Fiji will have to consider because July is getting closer,” he added.

The Welsh man also said the side needs to read the scrum and when they feed the ball, it should be well executed.

“Well what we saw during the scrum was that players could not fit the ball during the scrum and the scrum broke which is something we have to improve on. The players’ fitness is tested in the scrum to see if they can hold on the 10 seconds and set the pass across.”

“Scrum is really important to win especially when it’s near the try line and both parties would try to turn the ball over but then they need to use their fit to play it around. It’s going to take a few sessions and the boys will be able to grasp it well.”

By Romeka Romena

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