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Letters To The Editor, October 06, 2015

Letters To The Editor, October 06, 2015
October 06
10:30 2015

Incorrect use of word

Parijata Gurdayal, Media Liaison Officer for Director of Public Prosecutions

I refer to the Fiji Sun article by Farisha Ahmed on October 3, 2015 (page 28) entitled “Apete Kaisau Will Remain in St. Giles”.

Paragraph three reads: “The alleged offence took place in 2001”.

We note the use of the word “alleged” in this sentence. This is incorrect.

Please note that Apete Kaisau admitted to committing the offence and was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity by the High Court.

The use of a term such as “alleged” leaves room for doubt of which there is none. Apete Kaisau killed John Scott and Gregory Scrivener in 2001.


Rejoice Fiji!

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Canada

Even though our gallant Vodafone Flying Fijians in the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool of death did not make the quarterfinals, we Fijians should still rejoice because our team did the nation proud.

Compared to the team that represented us in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, we can all say that we have one good team this year.

Our scrum can take on any Tier One nation, our line-outs were good, but we lack good consistent kickers and need to master the basics of the game.

We need to rejoice because the host nation England is also out of the quarterfinals and their dream to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup on their home turf is shattered.

I believe the Flying Fijians are in the pool of death because of our poor performance in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

We should all rejoice because after most teams have played three pool games, Fiji still sits on number 10 in the World Rugby standings.

Our men need to win convincingly in their last pool game against Uruguay to remain sitting on number 10, which means they will not be in a pool of death come 2019.

If we continue to build the Vodafone Flying Fijians and master all the facets of the game with consistency, Fiji will be causing major upsets in the next Rugby World Cup.

Rejoice Fiji and go Fiji go!


A semifinal berth

Osea Sivo Naisau,  Ba

Compared by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to a race horse, Waisake Naholo showed his class by scoring a classic try in the AB’s 43-10 victory over Georgia.

The Wallabies and Springboks, in their win against England and Scotland, have shown why they had each won the World Cup twice.

Japan’s 26-5 victory over Manu Samoa reveals that their win against South Africa wasn’t a fluke at all. Their ball retention, its usage in offence and defensive ability is quite remarkable in spite of most Japanese players’ short stature and weight disadvantage.

Though Fiji lost in all three games the Vodafone Flying Fijian were able to improve their performance from the first to the third. Their scrimmage was on par with three of the best in the world. The backline long considered our strength showed glimpses of brilliant Fijian flair but didn’t really show their full potential.

Asaeli Tikoirotuma’s awareness in slicing through holes in Wales defensive lines that led to Goneva’s try was simply inspiring.

Some players like Tikoirotuma are good at spotting gaps and taking full advantage of it. Opening up play in order for the Fijian flair to fully express itself. Hopefully in 2019, we qualify with the retention of the present coaching staff.

With the forwards improved status, the backline with varying offensive moves could create havoc on the opposition.

I was impressed by a reversed backline move by the Aussie’s that led to one of this tourney’s memorable tries against England. One can notice that they had practised such a move to perfection. Since practice makes perfect, relying on natural flair isn’t enough.

Co-ordinating the muscles with the mind to function together as one takes time and fine tuning.

As professionals, today’s sports personalities know their profession well. They understand their trade well.

In Japan four years from now, a Semifinal berth should be the goal. A possibility? Hopefully.



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