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Sevens players apply Sir Gordon's methods in local tournament

Manu Samoa Seven players used lessons learnt from their head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens to improve their local clubs’ games at the recent BlueSky Sevens Rugby tournament. 

Last Saturday Manu Samoa Seven players were released to play for their local clubs and put to test the lessons and experiences learnt under Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Taala Tui Komiti said the decision was to ensure the tournament was strong and that the players share their skills to improve the game.

Manu Samoa Sevens player, Laaloi Leilua of Laulii Lions, said he learnt about the significance of discipline under Sir Gordon Tietjen.

“What I have learnt from our Manu Samoa Sevens coach sir Gordon Tietjen was the discipline and skills used during the games," he said

Armed with his new skills, he applied them to Laulii Lions in order to help other players improve their rugby talent. 

"With our clubs Laulii Lions they have improved their discipline with the players, because discipline skills is very important in the game," he said. 

Leilua added that the Laulii Lions team has young players, and the reason why the young players understand and learn the skills of the game. 

Pentagon Aana Chief coach, Afa Aiono, said his team Aana Chiefs had young players aged 20 and upwards and had little experience in Sevens rugby. 

"It’s a great impact to our young boys in Aana Chief from the boys who are in the Manu Samoa Seven teams, and they are like a role model for these players," he added. 

Aiono said the basic game skills the players teach the boys are passing, catching the ball and game plans. 

And not only during the games, but also during the team training they should have a mind set of skills and discipline. 

"Experience of the boys who played in the Manu Samoa Sevens have improved our team throughout this tournament, but we still have issue with our fitness," he added.

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