Controlled chaos play is the central point of what has made Fiji 7s the best in the world - Baber

Controlled chaos play is the central point of what has made Fiji 7s the best in the world - Baber

By Mosese Raqio
Monday 01/04/2024

Controlled chaos play is the central point of what has made Fiji 7s the best in the world and I believe it comes from how the players grew up in Fiji and the surfaces they play on and bare feet.

This was highlighted by former Fiji Men’s 7s and Olympic gold medalist and current National Program Manager for Fiji 7s, Gareth Baber during fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan.

Baber says it is also a fact that the game is played at almost chest height and above and that there is this touch element that goes into it which is the “one touch” that is played in villages as kids grow up.

He says there is a real subtlety and understanding of how you coach that and how you give it freedom but also how you replicate it for others to provide a context on when it can and can’t be done.

Baber says 7s rugby is more different from 15s rugby because in 7s rugby, you are almost trying to create structures and the systems in the game which gets you to the try line and then that’s when Fijians come alive and it is also why Fijians are the best in scoring tries with the fewest rucks and passes on the field.

He says the Fijians are probably one of the best teams scoring off the transitional turnover balls because that’s when the defence is least organised and where Fijians can play that instinctive game that they have grown up with.

He adds that is how current Fiji 7s coach Osea Kolinisau grew up playing the game and he loves the way Kolinisau played it and is now coaching it.

The Fiji Men’s 7s team will begin their Hong Kong 7s campaign against Australia at 9.30pm this Friday. They will then take on Canada at 12.33am Saturday and play France at 5.43pm Saturday in their final pool match. The Fijiana 7s side will play Australia at 4.25pm Friday in their first match, followed by their match against South Africa at 7.12pm Friday, and they will play Ireland at 3.02pm Saturday in their final pool match. The Hong Kong 7s will be held from Friday to Sunday.

FCOSS saddened and disgusted by salary increase
The Fiji Council of Social Services is disappointed that Parliament approved the salary increases for the President, Speaker, Ministers, Assistant Min...
7 hours ago
AG defends media freedom as Koya accuses media of biased reporting
Attorney General Siromi Turaga stresses that the media is free after FijiFirst MP Faiyaz Koya accused the media of being biased when reporting on the ...
7 hours ago

Hundreds feared dead as emergency services race to rescue villagers trapped after landslide in PNG
Emergency services are racing to reach villages hit by a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea's isolated Enga province, where hundreds of people are ...
7 hours ago

Namosi road closure from 9am - 3pm tomorrow for culvert replacement works
Residents living along the lower Namosi Road are reminded that the road will be closed from 9am to 3pm tomorrow as the Fiji Roads Authority will ...
7 hours ago

MBHS celebrates Fun Day and gives cash incentives for those who won gold at the Coca-Cola Games
Marist Brothers High School celebrated their Fun Day today at the school grounds to end the first week of school on a high note, re-kindling family ...
7 hours ago

Gleam of hope for dairy farmers in Naitasiri as road works start
Great news for 34 dairy farms in Naitasiri, as carting milk cans on their backs and wheelbarrows to the roadside will soon become a thing of the past ...
7 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Motion for Salary Changes of Executive Officers Passed
The motion to change the salaries and allowances of a number of executive offices including those of Members of Parliament has been passed by ...
17 hours ago

Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
8 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
8 days ago