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Injury rules Rokodiva out

Written By : MACIU MALO. The national Under- 20 rugby side will complete the Junior World Championship without star halfback Peni Rokodiva Junior. This was after he sustained a head
11 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : MACIU MALO. The national Under- 20 rugby side will complete the Junior World Championship without star halfback Peni Rokodiva Junior.
This was after he sustained a head injury in their 17-53 loss to Australia yesterday morning.
Fiji U-20 coach Rayne Simpson said Rokodiva received a knock on the head and would be out of action for three weeks and that means he would miss their final pool game against Canada.
“Peni will be out for three weeks and will miss our match against Canada,” he said.
“The chances of him playing in the remaining matches afterwards are minimal.”
Simpson said after the second loss in pool play, the team’s aim is to beat Canada on Sunday morning to improve on their ranking.
“We rested many of our top players against Australia and our main concern now is to win against Canada.’’
Simpson said he wanted to give every team member a chance to prove their worth.
“We wanted to give everybody a chance and exposure,” said the Sydney University reserve team coach.
Playing against an experienced Australian team laced with a number of Super 14 players, the junior Wallabies eased past Simpson’s gallant new-look Fiji team in a match where Fiji had three tries disallowed.
“Fiji scored a total of five tries against Australia and three could not be counted,’’ Simpson said.
Despite the loss Simpson is happy with how the side performed especially for the players who made their debut yesterday.
“It’s unfortunate that three of our tries were disallowed, and for one of those tries the referee said it was a forward pass something the coaching staff really objected. But again we can’t blame the referee because he makes the final decision.
“The boys played extremely well, they played their hearts out and I was happy with the performances.
“Again we can’t really judge their performances against the tournament hot favourites Australia that has the services of many Super 14 players.



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