November 04, 2021
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Players are showing great maturity: Baber

Interim Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Gareth Baber says players are showing a great level of maturity ahead of their opening match of the Northern Tour against Spain on Sunday.

Baber said the staff has bonded well with the players and they need to be disciplined with their behavior around COVID-19 and the restrictions that are in place.

"We have got three test matches to play and all our focus is getting positive outcomes from each of those games."

"The strength that we have is physical ball carriers, players who are going to gain line for us and big men who could win lineouts and create pressure in the game for the opposition.”

Meanwhile, Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter who is based in New Zealand has been working closely with Baber.

It's being different liaising from a distance but things have been well prepared by Coach Gareth and his team and from my perspective, I have been talking with Gareth around team selection and how the team should play at certain parts of the game."

“I have been looking at all the training content and videos which the coaches have sent through and I’m sure things are going well."

Cotter highlighted that there are a few areas which they hope the team will improve on during their first test match against Spain.

“There are a couple of key focuses such as making sure that we keep the ball and don’t give it away to Spain as they have got an experienced forward pack with the majority of them featuring in the France PRO D2. I assume they will defend the mauls very well so we just need to have a good variation” said Cotter.

The Flying Fijians will face Spain at 3am FJT at Estadio Central UC, Madrid on Sunday.

By Reginald Chandar

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