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We Can Do Better Than 2007: Koto

We Can Do Better Than 2007: Koto
July 24
11:05 2017

Vodafone Flying Fijians veteran hooker Sunia Koto strongly feels Fiji can go past the quarterfinal stage at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Fiji’s best finish at the RWC was in 2007 where they upset Wales 38-34 to book quarterfinal spot eventually losing to South Africa 20-37.

A member of the 2007 RWC team coached by Ilivasi Tabua, Koto challenged Flying Fijians and posed the question, why can’t we go one better?

“Why repeat the 2007 performance, why can’t we get one step better?

“That’s the question I’m asking now because if we limit ourselves that will be the highest level we will end up in.

“That is the challenge now,” Koto said.

The 37-year-old says it’s all about teamwork.

“If the 23 players work together, know the ultimate goal and stick with the game plan, we will be confident in achieving greater things and we can destroy any team.

“Come 2019 we’ll be ready to take on any team and that’s what this build-up is all about,” he added.

Koto, who played in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 RWC, said the June internationals and Pacific Nations Cup was a success and provided a perfect building ground ahead of 2019.

“In our first game against Australia, we lack clarity and consistency.

“But against Italy, Scotland, Tonga and Samoa we scored good tries because we knew what to do.

“It was a good sign, a big progress. I’m excited to see how the Flying Fijians will perform in the 2019 RWC. If we consistently do what we are doing right now, we should definitely be a force,” he said.

“If we want to get better, we have to challenge ourselves and trust our game plan and work together as a unit.”

Koto aims to play in the Northern Tour in November.

“I want to keep playing for Fiji and I will always be available for my country,” Koto said.

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