In the latest installment of our web column for the 2016/17 sevens season, Scotland Sevens player Joseva Nayacavou writes for us ahead of the ninth event of the Sevens World Series in Paris:
We know that our ‘day one’ performances in Hong Kong and Singapore were not up to our standards, but what gives me hope ahead of Paris and then London is the way we bounced back.
In the knock-out stages in both events during April our shape was much better as was our attacking intent and team work and we started to get results as a consequence of that.
I think it means that we have a lot to build on in the last two events on this year’s circuit and we are still looking to finish as high up the standing as possible.
We have been unfortunate with a number of injuries to our core players in recent months, but the flip side of that has meant that young players like Ally Miller, Blair Kinghorn, Robert Beattie, George Horne and Darcy Graham have been given a shot.
International sevens can be a fairly unforgiving place and your skills and speed can be exposed if they are not up to speed.
The best way to learn is to be involved and whenever these guys have come into camp and been involved in events I have been very impressed by their willingness to learn and get better.
That has given the Head Coach Calum MacRae some positive selection problems and the squad that is heading to the Paris event looks strong.
In sevens you cannot look further than one match ahead though because things can change so quickly, indeed a replacement or a couple of quick tries can swing a game back in your favour.
Being from Fiji I was brought up on the seven game and to have played for Scotland over the last few years has been a dream for me.
When I moved here with the Army in 2008 I could never have imagined that I would have played for Scotland so many times on the world stage.
I am so proud to have done so and I am passionate about helping Scotland win.
I love all of the tournaments, but for me Hong Kong is still the greatest because of the atmosphere and the friendly welcome while there are so many Scottish flags in the crowd.
The coaches, players and support staff I have performed alongside over the years mean a lot to me and I want to show them how much by putting in good performances in these last two events.
And of course the lads have great memories of Twickenham last year, winning the Cup trophy, so hopefully a good showing in Paris will send us there hungry for more success this time around.
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