March 12, 2021
Seasoned 7s rugby journeyman Pio Tuwai has placed his bet on Fiji Sevens extended squad member Kaminilei Rasaku for the Tokyo Olympics this year.
Speaking to FijiLive, the Votua, Ba man said he has been playing with Rasaku in the LAR Barbarians team during the domestic competitions and has seen him as teh best candidate for the winger and rover positions.
“Rasaku is one of the best. When I say best is like one of the brilliant players who don’t need to be told what to do frequently. He has his own game-building style and the big step, makes him one of the most eye-catching players.”
“I see him as a winger and rover, both. He has a catch-and-pass skill where he intends to take the team towards the try line. If he is tackled down, he will provide an immediate release and get back into the game.”
According to Tuwai, Rasaku has impressed him the most from the current extended squad and wants to see him don the national team jumper this year.
“He is always full of surprises in each match and somehow turns the scoreboard a round. A winger and rover like him can make it into the sevens team provided he keeps on giving his best.
Another advantage is his fitness and physique. When I see him play and when he has the ball, he goes to score or not then he makes a long pass for someone else to score.”
Rasaku, hails from Navunimono, Verata in Tailevu has been part of the Tailevu 15s side in the Skipper Cup last year and has been playing domestically.
The veteran star said Rasaku needs to be introduced to the international platform to gain more experience.
“The borders are closed now but we hope to see him make debut at an overseas tournament before the Olympics so that he is able to adjust well. Our climate is different from Tokyo and a player like him may take some time to fit into such a place.”
“Well, about areas for improvement then I think Rasaku already has good discipline but he needs to work on his ball-handling. At times, the ball slips out of his hand but that’s all part of learning and moving forward. He has got a positive attitude towards the sport and should be able to do well.”
The third leg of the Super Sevens Series will be played on the 19 and 20 of March at Ganilau Park in Savusavu.
By Romeka Romena