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Little things matter most, says Tabua

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The Flying Fijians head into their first assignment of the year wanting a win at all cost against Samoa after their gripping World Cup
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The Flying Fijians head into their first assignment of the year wanting a win at all cost against Samoa after their gripping World Cup performance.
Fiji hopes to make a winning start to set the platform for their Pacific Nations campaign as they try and win their first ever PNC title after poor performances in the last two years.
National 15s coach Ilivasi Tabua has brought back the bulk of his magnificent World Cup squad in order to maintain their new status in world rugby and to try and topple giants New Zealand Maori and Australia A.
Tabua said the goal is to move Fiji rugby forward and a win against Samoa will give them that.
“We want to start well it’s our home turf and we don’t want anybody to come around in our backyard and tell us what to do,” Tabua said.
Tabua for the side to down Samoa they will have to do the little things right.
Tabua said Samoa will be no walkover and they need to improve on their tight five.
“Its (tight five) always going to be that Achilles heel but the challenge is to improve in every game,” Tabua said.
“For us it’s a lot of things to process and not so much the players but how the team actually executes the process, the scrums and how they utilize the ball those are the things we are more concerned on. If the process is not in place at the end of the day the results won’t come your way,” Tabua said.
Tabua has brought rampaging Sireli Naqelevuki to centre to try and offset the Samoans.
“His played in that position before and with his speed and size I think it’s a bonus for us, breaking that defensive line,” Tabua said.
Fiji lost to Samoa 8-3 in Apia last year and narrowly defeated them 23-20 at the National Stadium in 2006.
The national side needs a win to lift its hopes before they face the New Zealand Maori next Saturday at the same venue.



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