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7s is refereed differently from 15s - Baber

7s is refereed differently from 15s - Baber

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 28/11/2019

Fiji Airway Men’s National 7s Team Coach, Gareth Baber says what makes it difficult is that he sees 7s being refereed differently from 15s and he had several conversations with the players after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Baber told Rugby Pass they sat there watching the matches and were confused by some of the decisions given in 15s. 

He says they have to adapt to the referees in 7s to be able to create pressure.

Baber says the discipline record is something not to be proud of and it is an area that they are constantly working on.

He says they reflect on those yellow’s with the players and a lot of them came at crucial times under pressure. 

Baber adds the natural way the game is played in Fiji and how the players have grown up means they have to educate them about how important it is to keep their discipline.

The team departs for Dubai today.

Fiji is pooled with Japan, France and Argentina for the Dubai 7s.

Fiji’s first pool match is against Japan at 4.02am next Friday, Fiji will then take on Argentina at 10.04pm the same night and they will face France in their last match at 4.02am next Saturday.

The quarterfinals will be held at 8.14pm next Saturday, the semifinals will be at 12am next Sunday while the final will be at 4.02am next Sunday.

Barring any upsets, Fiji is likely to meet South Africa, England or Kenya in the quarter-final, they can face South Africa or France in the semi-final and is likely to meet New Zealand or the USA in the final of the Dubai 7s.

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