Baber will not rest

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber arrives with the World Sevens Series trophy. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber says he will not rest on his laurels after winning HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title with bigger things to achieve such as defending the Olympic Games gold medal next year.

Baber said the team had grown into a winning combination which took two and half years to develop despite facing many difficulties.

“It is a great achievement by a group that had difficulty all season and the previous season as well,” Baber said when the team returned home yesterday.

“It is all about growing a team and developing it. Part of that is developing how to be more resilient when that pressure comes. In the space of two and half years the team has grown to what you saw last weekend.”

Fiji missed out on the 2017-2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title after being placed fifth in Paris finishing two points behind champions South Africa.

Baber said the fans stayed patient and supported them throughout.

“We were very close last year, but could not make it happen.

“It was a very special final when we played New Zealand in Paris knowing that we had already clinched the series, but to play the way we did patronises what this team is all about.

“The challenges are the next jobs and they have certainly achieved that. It has been a good season and we learned a lot.

“We will not rest on our laurels and know that as we have discussed, we have got more to do. There is a big year coming up.”

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