Team in good shape

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Monday, March 12, 2018
The sight of Fiji's flag flying proudly in Vancouver set the stage alight.

I saw a changed Fijian side that meant business as our troops thumped Spain 45-5 and France 38-7.

Mission accomplished and Fiji made it into the cup quarter-final.

Kenya would have posed a threat to Fiji, but the way our boys jelled would have drowned the fire in the Kenyan camp.

To be honest, I was delighted with the work rate of Paula, Nasoko, Josua and Sevu.

The king of offload Nasoko continued with his brilliant form.

Olympics gold medallists Jerry and Vatemo led by example and Naduva showed that he has speed to burn.

A few more tournaments and Naduva hits top gear.

It's nice to see that he has filled in the vacuum left by 'burning train' Sau.

The WRSS is getting tough and USA, Canada, England, Argentina and Australia are finetuning.

Our boys would be playing in the cup eliminations.

I know that many would miss the games because of work commitments but let's remember Fiji in our prayers and thoughts.

Our boys are miles away but it's a delight to see the number of fans supporting our boys.

It was a joy to see the $7 note on display and the way the commentators acknowledged the efforts of our team and Ratu Peni Rayani (Ben Ryan).

That's the beauty of 7s and Baber's target should not only be the Commonwealth Games gold medal or the Rugby World Cup trophy, but he should add depth to his squad so that we defend our Hong Kong 7s title and put pressure on NZ and South Africa.

Baber should, in my opinion, keep the core squad and players who can cover up in case of injuries.

This will ensure that our boys maintain the consistency and momentum as too many changes can affect the team setup and the combination that has started to click.

I leave this to our Welshman because he knows what is best for Fiji.

As I conclude, I congratulate our Warriors for belting Samoa.

Japan is next boys.

They will be tough especially in the forwards battle.

Toso Viti toso!

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