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Consistency

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND. The national rugby side is under enormous pressure to live up to its World Cup standard against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup, says skipper
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND. The national rugby side is under enormous pressure to live up to its World Cup standard against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup, says skipper Mosese Rauluni Fiji reached the top eight and only lost to eventual winners South Africa in the quarterfinals after holding them 20-20 at one stage.
The Flying Fijians will have to be consistent in the PNC to keep its world ranking in the top 10.
Samoa bombed out of the pool stages along with Tonga who gave South Africa a fright in group play.
Rauluni said despite having the core of the side from last year’s campaign there will be hiccups along the way with this being the building phase for the 2011 World Cup.
He said they hope to keep the Samoans off the scoreboard.
“There is pressure and it’s good pressure we set a standard last year and we have already said that many times but the World Cup is over,” Rauluni said.
“A lot of new boys will be coming into the team and it will be a totally different team for 2011. It’s a building stage and it starts here against Samoa there is going to ups and downs along the way and you have to cope with that that’s the way a good team copes I know the boys will play hard and try to keep the standard that we kept from last year.”
Sireli Naqelevuki and Timoci Nagusa are the new faces in the run on side.
Fiji lost to Samoa last year but they hope to improve their standard in the PNC this season after finishing in fourth place for the last two years.
Rauluni said Fiji will have to avoid indiscipline or they will have to pay the price.
“We are hoping to keep them scoreless they have a good kicker in Roger Warren and I know if we give penalties from 50 metres out, he will knock them over so we can’t afford any silly mistakes we have got to have faith in our defence and not give away penalties,” Rauluni said.



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