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Bosco: Focus On Little Things

Vodafone Flying Fijians should be commended despite losing 13-17 to Wales yesterday, says Pio Bosco Tikoisuva. And the former Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer/captain said despite the short preparation
17 Nov 2014 09:55
Bosco: Focus On  Little Things

Vodafone Flying Fijians should be commended despite losing 13-17 to Wales yesterday, says Pio Bosco Tikoisuva.

And the former Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer/captain said despite the short preparation time, Akapusi Qera’s men put in a gutsy effort despite playing with 14 men from the 57th minute and prevented Wales from scoring in the second half.

Prop Campese Ma’afu got the marching orders after getting his second yellow card.

“They played well and showed what they are capable of despite the short preparation time,” Tikoisuva said.

“The team has set a good platform and for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. But the team needs to focus and improve on the little things.

“What I’ve seen from the two matches against France and Wales is the team is really getting the things done but there are few things which they need to improve on.

“Possession and decision-making need to improve. If they can improve these areas, no doubt the Fijians can fare well at the RWC.

Grouped in Pool A with Australia, England and Wales in the RWC, Tikoisuva said the Flying Fijian can topple their opponents.

“With good weeks of preparation the Flying Fijians can really fly at the RWC,”Tikoisuva said.

 

Gatland unhappy with dogfight

Wales head coach Warren Gatland highlighted his side’s flaws and paid tribute to Fiji after a narrow 17-13 win in Cardiff.

“We probably weren’t clinical enough behind, and we had too many turnovers that allowed the Fijians to stay in the game. It was a bit of a dogfight,” said Gatland.

“I was frustrated with some of the decisions, which put us under a bit of pressure.

“We had enough ball, and we perhaps need to be a bit more clinical.

“We made a number of changes and we felt the team was strong. We were pretty frustrated by a number of (officials’) decisions that went on in the middle, and it didn’t help with the flow of the game and continuity.

“In fairness to Fiji, they went out there to try to play at a different tempo to slow the game down, and they were effective at doing that. ”

 

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