Sir Gordon Tietjens expects the Samoan sevens team to resist the temptation to over-indulge during the holiday period.

The Manu 7s are 10th after the Dubai and Cape Town legs of the World Series, having twice been denied a place in the Cup quarter finals on points differential.

Tietjens who is renowned for his demanding fitness sessions and strict watch on players’ diets, said the players can’t afford to slack off.

He told Radio New Zealand it surely is challenging times ahead with the New Year festivities and obviously Christmas.

The most successful 7s coach in world rugby said Samoa have got to keep working because Hamilton’s going to come around so so quickly and they just can’t afford to lose that edge to where they’re at right now at this time around conditioning because it’s so so important.

Samoa won’t have it easy in Hamilton, having been draw in the same pool as Series leaders the United States, England and Tonga.

But Sir Tietjens insisted the team’s victory over the All Blacks Sevens in Cape Town showed what they are capable of and said they should approach any opponent with confidence.

Meanwhile, the top four ranked countries at the end of the current World Series will earn automatic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

(Source:Radio New Zealand)

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