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Warriors work on Cup defence

By MAIKELI SERU The Telecom Fiji Warriors team continued their training in Brisbane, Australia yesterday in preparation for next Monday’s Pacific Rugby Cup match against Force A at the Ballymore
06 Mar 2014 13:01

Members of the Telecom Fiji Warriors team training in Brisbane, Australia yesterday. Photo: JOE BROWNE.

By MAIKELI SERU

The Telecom Fiji Warriors team continued their training in Brisbane, Australia yesterday in preparation for next Monday’s Pacific Rugby Cup match against Force A at the Ballymore Stadium.
Team manager Joe Browne said lock Mataiasi Ucutabua had recovered from injury. He said an air of Fijian prowess was expected in the next match.
The Lance Whippy-coached Fijians lost their first match last weekend 19-22 to Reds A.
“Our programme yesterday was recovery in the pool for those who played and blow out for the seven who did not. There were extra work for front rows and we had game analysis in the evening,” Browne said.
The Reds A, which lost to the Western Force A in their opening match, defended solidly in the first half and put pressure on the Fijians.
They stopped us from making effective offloads and executing the Fijian running flair.
Jamie-Jerry Taulagi scored the Reds A try for their 5-0 halftime lead.
Waisea Luvenyali gave the Warriors the perfect start to the second half with a breakaway try in the first minute, but Wallaby Rod Davies edged the Reds A team back in front after a 50-metre run-in.
Nemani Nagusa cut the deficit to 12-10 before tries from number 8 Tim Buchanan and Nigel Ah-Wong edged the Reds A side out beyond one score. The Warriors scored another try through Savenaca Nawaca but the hosts held firm till the end.
The hosts scored four tries to the Warriors three. The Warriors are third with a point earned from the close scores. The Reds A had a point going into the game now amass six points from the bonus point victory. The Western Force A still lead with nine points. Junior Japan brings up the tail end in the group A standing. The Fiji Warriors play group leaders Force A next Monday, Ballymore.
Browne said the sessions this week had been gruesome, concentrating on more combinations and gym sessions as Whippy looks for his first win as defending champion.
“Today’s programme includes early morning gym session and split sessions at 10am. In the afternoon we had game analysis and walking through game patterns.
“We worked on the organisation in offence and defence as well as forms. We also worked on improving on the set pieces and scrimmaging techniques.”
He said the good news was Ucutabua recovering from a rib injury he sustained during the match against Reds A.
“Just a bruised rib on Ucutabua but he has since recovered,” he said.
Meanwhile debutants Argentina Pampas XV beat ACT A – the Brumbies development side – 32-23, Junior Japan lost 6-61 Western Force A, NSW Waratahs development side beat Samoa A 17-14.
This weekend Reds A play Junior Japan, NSW Waratahs development side faces the Pampas XV, ACT A host Tonga A and Western Force A tackle the Fiji Warriors.




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