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Fijians Focus On England

After the Vodafone Flying Fijians outing yesterday against Canada thrashing them 47-18, their focus now is their first game against England in less than 10 days at Twickenham. Captain Akapusi
08 Sep 2015 10:13
Fijians Focus On England

After the Vodafone Flying Fijians outing yesterday against Canada thrashing them 47-18, their focus now is their first game against England in less than 10 days at Twickenham.

Captain Akapusi Qera said the team has been working hard over the 18 months and right now they are just counting down the days.

“England is a world class team, there are a lot of world class players there and they played well against Ireland but we are just focusing on our game against them,” Qera said.

“For us, our main focus of the Canada game was to get rid of these cobwebs and work on some of the areas or some of the styles that we need to play when we meet England.

“It’s a massive opportunity for us as a team, since we have been together for 18 months.

“We have been working hard and we have been picked for this team for a reason.

“Everyone knows the task ahead of us and everyone is looking forward and at the same time excited about the task that lies ahead of us.

“We are not here to makeup the numbers, we are here to stamp our mark as well, we will need to work on our mistakes, take a long our positives and get ready for the England game.”

Coach John McKee said their game against Canada was vital and gave the coaching staff and players an insight into what needs to be worked on.

“We really needed that game today (yesterday), it was a very good preparation for us, especially since it’s been nearly a month since our last game and we were a little bit rusty in certain areas but in other areas we were very good,” McKee said.

“The match conditioning as some of the other teams found, is that you can do as much fitness as you would like but the conditions in the game, decision making, being under pressure, you can’t replicate the game situation and we saw that today.

“We know the key things we need to do in the game and sometimes we executed and sometimes we didn’t. We have a couple of plays up our sleeve that we haven’t used yet but the game is about controlling field position.”

Fiji will go up against England in the opening round of the 2015 Rugby World Cup on September 19 at 7am at Twickenham Stadium, England.

Meanwhile, Canada coach Kieran Crowley said despite their loss against Fiji, they have some major work to do but they are comfortable with where they are at.

“We just weren’t clinical. Pass mark for the second half but the first half was pretty poor really,” Crowley said.

“We’ve still got a bit of work to do on the way we’re trying to play the game; we’ve given everyone a go in the lead-up games.

“We’re happy with where we are at, there’s some work to do but we’re getting there.”

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