Sale's Sevens Diary - the Management Meeting
19 May, 2011
|Digicel Fiji 7s team manager, Sale Sorovaki. |
Today is our second day here and everyone had a long and much awaited rest last night. We had encouraged the boys to try and not sleep until after 10 pm last night, but I’m sure a lot of us were in dreamland well before then.
The morning started off with devotion before we headed for the pool for a few laps and then off to breakfast. I attended the Managers Meeting where statistics from the last legs were given out. As usual, all teams were welcomed by Beth Coalter and later on by Keith Lawrence.
There was only one red card that was dished out at the Adelaide Sevens and Oscar Kolinisau was at the receiving end of that. I hope that he is recovering well.
The main topic discussed was the tackle whereby the new ruling of releasing the player before attempting to play the ball. It is one rule where a lot of teams (and referees) are still having trouble differentiating. It’s the one where the ball carrier keeps going after he has been tackled and sometimes, falls well clear of the tackler. It happens so fast during the game that we are at the referee’s mercy. Like it or not, the referee is the sole decision maker on the field and that should be respected.
After breakfast, we went to a Sports Club in Thames Denton where we had a gym session and then training. This club was established in 1871. It had facilities that catered for all sports and it would be ideal to have one at home. It had a fitness centre, weights, kindergarten, coffee shop, sports shop all in one place. It also caters for cricket and rugby.
We were received by the patrons of the club much to the excitement of the boys. We were met at the gym by Derek Derenalagi and Alifereti Vakacokovanua (Vanua). Vanua used to be in the RFMF Band and was one of the first Fijians to be recruited into the British Army in 1999. He is the current coach of the British Army Team and offered some words of encouragement to the team before their skills training this morning. He is an Instructor in the Army and is based at Pirbright, Surrey.
We had a scrimmage against Samoa this afternoon. Everything the coach wanted to implement was on show today and I must say, the team looks very fit but all this has to be transferred to the field on Saturday.
The weather here has been quite chilly, but that is no excuse.
Moce mada. View photos of the team at the England and Scotland 7s on Fiji Rugby's facebook page.
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