15 May 2015

Sport: Fiji conscious of pressure, expectation ahead of World Sevens finale

11:30 am on 15 May 2015

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says the team has spoken about the pressure and expectation on them to perform in London this weekend and win the World Series title.

After their victory in Glasgow, Fiji lead South Africa by five points going into the final leg and will seal top spot with a top three finish at Twickenham.

Ben Ryan says the team is playing with a lot of confidence and consistency and has worked hard to put themselves in such a strong position.

But he says with so much expectation on them to finish the job, he felt they needed to sit down and get everything out in the open.

"Because I did get the feeling that the boys felt as though they were being put under a little bit of pressure this week. We talked about it and I talked how sometimes pressure can be a good thing - particularly for us, I think. We're not going to suddenly turn off that tap - we're going to make it obvious that there is that pressure there and it's up to the boys to be at their best. In many ways this is excellent preparation for the Olympic Games, where we will have huge amount of pressure on us to perform and I'm interested as coach to see how we react to that".

Ben Ryan says they plan to take it one game at a time this weekend and says they can't take anything for granted with South Africa and New Zealand still within striking distance.

Fiji celebrate after winning the Glasgow Sevens against rivals New Zealand.

Fiji celebrate after winning the Glasgow Sevens against rivals New Zealand. Photo: World Rugby Martin Seras Lima