6 Aug 2012

Sport: More game time needed to match sevens big guns - coach

10:25 am on 6 August 2012

Fiji coach Elenoa Kunatuba say more top-level matches are needed to bring

Pacific countries up to the standard of women's sevens giants Australia and New Zealand.

Fiji finished third at the Oceania Championship at the weekend, which was enough to secure their berth at the final world cup qualifying tournament in India in October.

Their only losses in Lautoka were to New Zealand in pool play and Australia in the semi finals and Kunatuba says they need to play more games if they're to reach that level.

"We could be competitive in the world stage if we are given more game time and I think the girls lacked experience compared to Australia and New Zealand. Even though we gave them good matches but at the end of the day it boils down to experience and, hopefully, we will get more game time after this successful Oceania tournament."

The first step along that road is the Asia Pacific tournament at the end of the month, where Fiji will be joined by Papua New Guinea.