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Coach Warns Of Winless Tongans

Telecom Fijian Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has seen an immense improvement in his players during the World Rugby Pacific Challenge. The young Warriors beat Samoa A in their opening
15 Mar 2016 10:31
Coach Warns Of Winless Tongans

Telecom Fijian Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has seen an immense improvement in his players during the World Rugby Pacific Challenge.

The young Warriors beat Samoa A in their opening match 34-6 before thrashing an in form Junior Japan side 44-14 last Saturday.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Seruvakula said the players have stepped up and proved themselves.

“The boys have improved right from the start, in our game against Samoa we were shaky and committed a lot of basic mistakes,” he said.

“But in our game against Japan, they rose to the occasion and played a very structured game and stuck to the game plan that we had set out for them.

“Knowing that improvements are already showing in just the second game is a good sign because we are not here to only win but to also develop the players.

“There are lots of lessons that can be learned and playing in this tournament is a big step for most of these players because they are all new.

“So I am happy with how they have performed so far and have gained a lot of experience playing against these teams.”

Playing their last game against Tonga A on Thursday, Seruvakula says, they cannot afford to take things lightly and that every game is to be treated like a final.

“Though Tonga A lost both their games, we are still not taking them lightly because they have not won a game. We know they will be desperate to record their first win.

“We will be reviewing their game against Samoa A and see how we can counter them because they are a very physical side. So it will not be easy.

“Patience and discipline will be crucial for us because that is the only thing that let us down in our last game against Japan.

“If we can’t maintain those two, we will be losing a lot of possession thus giving Tonga the opportunity to score tries. We cannot allow that to happen.

“But it will be a good game and we encourage rugby fans to come out in numbers to support us.”

The Telecom Fijian Warriors will play Tonga A at 6pm while Samoa A and Junior Japan clash will kick off at 3.30pm at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

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