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Qera fights to recover for Maori match

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Flying Fijians open side flanker, Akapusi Qera is on the injury list after the game against Samoa on Saturday. Qera, who had a long season
08 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Flying Fijians open side flanker, Akapusi Qera is on the injury list after the game against Samoa on Saturday.
Qera, who had a long season with his Gloucester club in England, went in as an impact player replacing number eight Netani Talei.
Head coach, Ilivasi Tabua confirmed the Tubou, Lakeba native is being assisted by medics and they doing everything possible to help him recover.
“He was hit awkwardly and he got a torn ligament,”Tabua said.
But he believes Qera will recover in time for the match against the New Zealand Maori on Saturday.
Tabua applauded the way his players thumped the Samoans on Saturday.
The Naivicula, Wainibuka native said although they scored a bonus win against the Samoans, the team still needs to improve.
“We always wanted to improve from wherever we left off.”
Tabua said he was happy with the forwards as they were able to display what they have been taught by Waratah forwards coach, Joe Barakat.
“It always takes time to improve and the boys are been doing well.”
Tabua was also happy with young Tailevu wing, Timoci Naqusa who rose to the challenge on his debut.
“He has been showing his worth when he played for Tailevu and again in the Colonial Cup.”
“It was really good to see a young man like him able to put himself on the same level as the World Cup boys.”
Tabua said he knows that there were many more players like Naqusa still waiting for a chance.
The team was still at their Nadi camp yesterday after the match and would not break camp until after their next game.
“We’ll carry on with our camp and the boys might be given a day off from training.”
The team had their church service at their Novotel Hotel camp led by Reverend Joji Rinakama.
Tabua also said that he is not expecting any more overseas based players to join camp this week.
“We’ll work with the available players that we have here.”



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