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Ratuvou admits cracks in defence

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Saracens utility back, Kameli Ratuvou says the Flying Fijians need to play the ball game for 80 minutes against the NZ Maori on Saturday. Ratuvou
08 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. Saracens utility back, Kameli Ratuvou says the Flying Fijians need to play the ball game for 80 minutes against the NZ Maori on Saturday.
Ratuvou was shifted to inside centre and was happy to play alongside South Africa-based wing, Sireli Naqelevuki.
However, the Moala native believes they have to lift a notch where they left off on Saturday.
“There were smaller mistakes which we made that I think we would need to work on before the NZ Maori match.”
Ratuvou said as for him, he needs to improve his judgement, passing, defence and most of all his alignment.
“I will have to improve on my defence.”
Ratuvou said they expected more physical play from the Samoa but did not get it until the last few minutes where Samoa was able to score three tries.
“They became more physical towards the end.”
Ratuvou said the torrid sun did not do them any favour in the last few minutes of the game.
“We could not play for the full 80 minutes as the weather was just too hot, especially for the overseas based players.”
He said another factor could be training during the wet conditions and the sudden change of weather on Saturday.
“Hopefully the weather changes this week so that we could try and adapt well to the heat.”
Ratuvou, who has also been one of the young players that have made his name in the rugby arena, said that if they could keep possession and improve on their first phase then they should be able to give the Maoris a good run on Saturday.
He added the use of Glen Ella and Joe Barakat could also be a factor in the way they played.
“I think they just simply continued from where Shannon (Fraser) and Greg (Mumm) left off.”
The team went back to their Crows Nest camp yesterday afternoon. Their next match against the NZ Maori team would be played at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.



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