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ANALYSIS: Our 13 Flying Fijians Cling On In Toronto

The Flying Fijians need to turn the screw and fine-tune their performance in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa on Tuesday. Our 13 men clung on, put
31 Jul 2015 12:55
ANALYSIS: Our 13 Flying Fijians Cling On In Toronto

The Flying Fijians need to turn the screw and fine-tune their performance in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa on Tuesday.

Our 13 men clung on, put their bodies on the line in the last five minutes to come out victorious 27-22 against a fired-up Japan.

Should we be too concerned?

Of course, because so many times we allow ourselves to be in pressure situation where we shouldn’t be in the first place.

More recently we played well in the first-half and blew the advantage in the second half. We did against the Maori All Blacks and we lost (27-26), against Samoa and we drew (30-30) and almost dropped the ball against Japan yesterday.

The Fijians need to turn it around and play Total Rugby against the Samoa.

We commend the work and progress made by the team and the coaching staff so far.

The Flying Fijians are still in the early stages of their preparation as they work towards peaking in England. We’re getting there, but we need to get it right before September 19 in Twickenham.

 

Fiji Sun Vodafone Flying Fijians Rating against the Brave Blossoms:

  1. Campese Ma’afu – Started well but couldn’t execute well, struggled to contain the pressure.  5/10
  2. Tuapati Talemaitoga – Worked well to marshall the men upfront 5.5/10
  3. Manasa Saulo – Worked hard to stamp his mark and was a terrier in close contact but failed to keep momentum in the second-half. 6/10
  4. Tevita Cavubati – A good all-round performance- 7.5/10
  5. Leone Nakarawa – Another good show, tough in defence. 8.5/10
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu – Played well in defence and worked well in the counter ruck – 7.5/10
  7. Malakai Ravulo – Good ball carrying abilities, – 6/10
  8. Akapusi Qera – (Captain)- Led the team well- 7.5/10
  9. Henry Seniloli – Played well in connecting with the backline- 8 /10
  10. Josh Matavesi – Communicated well with the team, tallied 17 points 5/10
  11. Napolioni Nalaga – Improving, a good finisher- 7.5/10
  12. Levani Botia – Played well, managing midfield, and open gaps with strong runs and tackle – 8.5/10
  13. Vereniki Goneva – Organising and calling the shots – 8/10
  14. Metuisela Talebula – Read the game well, scoring Fiji’s third try. 7.5/10
  15. Kini Murimurivalu – Firm and steady, confident as the last man in defence – 6/10.

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