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Samania happy with Sevens effort

Tuesday November 07, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
National rep Longo Leuta takes on Avatiu Gold defenders at the Raro Rugby Sevens on Saturday. 17110640 National rep Longo Leuta takes on Avatiu Gold defenders at the Raro Rugby Sevens on Saturday. 17110640

National Sevens coach Vase Samania is pleased with what the national squad achieved during the three-day Raro Rugby Sevens over the weekend.

 

The national side played as Manatoa in the tournament and lost to Avatiu Gold 12-19 in the Cup quarterfinal.

Samania used the tournament to fine-tune the combination of the local and overseas-based players in the squad in preparation for the Oceania Sevens Championship this weekend.

The team left the country on Saturday for the regional event, which will be held in Suva.

“We managed to get our combination right which was the major aim for the team in the Raro Rugby Sevens,” Samania said.

“There were few things that we needed to tidy up and I’m happy that we joined the tournament which allowed us to do that.

“It also gave opportunity to the local boys to play in their own event as well as overseas players to have a taste of what Raro Sevens is like.”

The team recorded a mixed performance in the tournament. After losing its opening pool match to Tauae Bulls, the side managed to win the remaining two pool matches to make it to the quarters.

In the quarters, the team put on a strong performance but lost narrowly to a determined Avatiu Gold.

Samania said the team learnt some key lessons during the tournament.

“It’s good that we make a lot of mistake over here than making those mistakes in the Oceania Sevens in Fiji,” he said.

“I’m pleased with the performance of the boys. We have set a goal and we will go back to the camp, iron out those mistakes and work towards achieving those goals.”

At the Oceania Sevens Championship, the Cook Islands is set to face a tough competition from teams like Papua New Guinea, Tonga and American Samoa in its bid qualify for some top international events next year.            - RK

Qualifiers; In the Men’s Championship the highest placed Men’s team at the end of the finals on day 2 excluding pre-qualified and/or core teams (in the case of the HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18) will gain a qualification spot to:

2018 Commonwealth Game (Gold Coast, April 2018) – ‘Oceania’ joining pre-qualified teams of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa

2018 Rugby World Cup 7s (San Francisco, July 2018) – ‘Oceania 1’ joining pre-qualified teams of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa and ‘Oceania 2’ [to be determined at the 2017 South Pacific Mini Games, Port Villa, December 2017]

HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18 – ‘Oceania 1’ joining core series teams Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa as the 16th team at the Sydney 7s (26-28 January 2018) and 16th team at the Hamilton 7s (3-4 February 2018).

‘Oceania 1’ 2019 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (6 - 8 April 2018).

The second highest place Men’s team at the end of the final on day 2 excluding pre-qualified and/or core teams (in the case of the HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18) will gain a qualification spot to:

HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18 – ‘Oceania 2’ joining ‘Oceania 1’ at the 2019 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (6 - 8 April 2018).

In the Women’s Championship the highest placed Women’s team at the end of the finals on day 2 excluding pre-qualified and/or core teams (in the case of the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series 2017/18) will gain a qualification spot to:

2018 Rugby World Cup 7s (San Francisco, July 2018) – ‘Oceania 1’ joining pre-qualified teams of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand.

HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series 2017/18 – ‘Oceania 1’ joining core series teams Australia, Fiji, New Zealand as an invitational team to the Sydney 7s (26-28 January 2018).

‘Oceania 1’ 2019 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong (6 - 8 April 2018).