Fiji’s 7s campaign

Lack of discipline is one of the major weaknesses that always contributed to Fiji’s downfall in past HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments.

And head coach Gareth Baber is again cautioning his troops to improve on their discipline in the remaining HSBC Paris and England 7s.

The national side recorded the most yellow and red card offences this season —— something Baber and his troops have talked about before departing the country last week.

Fiji has recorded 20 yellow and two red cards for the past eight tournaments while Samoa had 18 yellow cards and New Zealand with 17 while Argentina recorded one red card.

Baber said discipline was an area his players had focused on during training.

He said playing with one or two men down affected the performance of the team as evident in their loss to South Africa at the Singapore 7s.

“We always address that in our games,” said Baber.

“Sevens is tough enough and giving the numerical advantage to the opposition always affected our game.

“This happened in some of our previous games and we cannot afford to commit the same offences during tough games.

“The players are aware of this and we will do our best to improve on discipline.”

However, Baber has been impressed with his troop’s strike rate.

The side is the best team in the competition to have a sound strike rate.

Statistics show that the Fijians have a high chance of scoring a try each time they visited the oppositions’ 22m line.

Despite being behind on the overall points table to South Africa, the side has scored the most tries and points so far this season.

Baber said the team would keep on working hard to maintain their strike rate.

“This as notable in Hong Kong where we performed well scoring the most tries and we need to keep working hard.”

Fiji is pooled with Russia, Samoa and Australia in this weekend’s Paris 7s.