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We’re Still Learning, Says Tough No.8

We’re Still Learning, Says Tough No.8
Peni Raidre on his way to the Fiji Rugby Union office in Suva on September 24, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
September 25
11:19 2017

Robust Fiji Airways Drua No. 8 Peni Raidre is not carried away with the 41- 5 win over Perth Spirit at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last Saturday.

Speaking to SUNsports, he said the challenge for them now is to be consistent with their performance if they’re to maintain the top spot in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC) ladder.

Raidre was part of the Drua squad that left for Nadi yesterday to prepare for  Friday’s clash against the Canberra Vikings in Australia.

However, the 26-year-old who hails from Nabaitavo in Naitasiri said he would always cherish the try he scored against Perth Spirit.

“I’m grateful that I was able to score a try which I was really proud about,” he said.

“But I personally feel there are lot of areas that we need to work on to better our performance. And I’m looking forward to playing against Canberra Vikings and I hope the players maintain this consistency of play throughout the competition. From experience if we don’t then there is going to be a drop in performance.

“Our aim is to keep improving and learning after each round of games that we play.”

Raidre who plays for Army Green also expressed the need for players to work on their off the ball attitude.

“For me one key area that players need to improve is on the off the ball attitude especially during times when we don’t have possession and players tend to be frustrated.

“Also, a bit of work is required with our defence as it will make it hard for the opposing teams to penetrate our defensive line.”

Raidre added that he is grateful to his family for their support towards his rugby career and also those that had coached him through the years.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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