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We will have to win all pool games to get to the cup semi finals - Baber

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 21/01/2020
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The Fiji Airways National 7s Men’s Team will have to win all their pool games to make it to the Cup semi finals of the Hamilton 7s Tournament this weekend.

As the team left for Hamilton today, Coach, Gareth Baber says he is disppointed with the new format however they can’t do much.

Only the winners of the pools will go to the semi finals as there will be no quarter finals in Hamilton, Sydney and Paris.

Baber says they just have to go and win all the games.

Barring any upsets, Fiji will either take on New Zealand or USA in the semi final and South Africa or England in the Hamilton 7s final.

World Rugby has decided that the quarter finals will not be part of the two day tournaments in Hamilton, Sydney and Paris as they want to incorporate both men’s and women’s competitions.

Baber has made two changes to his team for the 2nd leg of the HSBC 7s Series.

Livai Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka make their return to the team. Jerry Tuwai and Meli Derenalagi will share the captaincy.

Other players included are Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Kavekini Tabu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Napolioni Ratu.

Fiji will play their first pool match in the Hamilton 7s against Samoa at 12.57pm this Saturday, they will take on Australia at 6.35pm Saturday and play Argentina at 11.57am this Sunday in their last pool match. The semi-final will start at 3.20pm Sunday while the final will start at 7.56pm Sunday.

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