Samoa aims to finish top four of the series
April 5, 2019 12:37 pm
With a lot of self-belief and determination, the Samoa 7s side is gunning to finish in the top four of the World Series standing at the end of the season.
Coach Gordon Tietjen says it’s every team’s dream to play and win at the World Seven’s capital, the Hong Kong 7s.
Currently placed seventh in the World Series standings, Tietjen says they want to improve its performance to get automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“What you’re doing here is so important that you get it right. We’re under no pressure, there are no people, there’s no stadium, there’s no proper game – it’s a training run, so you learn from it. Sevens rugby is a sport that’s driven by motivation. You work particularly hard around conditioning. Around the sacrifices, you made about nutrition. And if you can get that trust and you build the player you’re going to build up your players you’ll have a very good team.”
Tietjen says winning the main tournament of sevens will validate them as a team to watch out for.
Samoa is pooled with South Africa, Scotland, and Japan.