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A Win for Winston Victms

The Telecom Fijian Warriors run into the ANZ Stadium, tonight with the aim of winning the World Rugby Pacific Challenge title, for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Speaking to
21 Mar 2016 09:56
A Win for Winston Victms
Our Telecom Fijian Warriors tight five: Back left to right) Mataiasi Ucutabua and Joseva Levula. Front (left-to -right) Mesake Doge, Jale Sassen and skipper Peni Ravai during the Captain's run at Bukhust Park yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The Telecom Fijian Warriors run into the ANZ Stadium, tonight with the aim of winning the World Rugby Pacific Challenge title, for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Warriors coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they were playing for the people of Fiji and wanted them to have a reason to celebrate and smile.

“Winning will mean a lot to us, this is something we have wanted from the moment the team got together to prepare for this tournament,” he said.

“We also want to play and win for Iosefo Bele who passed away last year and also for the late Seru Rabeni. We want to do that tomorrow (today) and we know how Fijians are crazy about rugby and to win in our backyard will be a real treat for the people.”

Warriors prop Bele died in his sleep before they took on Argentina’s Pampas in last year’s Pacific Challenge final in Suva.

However, Seruvakula is wary that their journey of lifting the title would not be easy as an improving Samoa A side would be out to deny them that.

He reiterated the need for players to keep their cool and to play right to the last whistle.

“We are looking forward to this final. It’s going to be a tough game against Samoa but we just have to be patient and play smart rugby and top of the list is the need to maintain discipline.

“We had two meetings with the players emphasising the importance of staying calm on the field for the whole 80 minutes and not to let anyone down. They must play as a team.

“Samoa A have improved since their first game and it will be a tough match. They know what needs to be done on the field and they have the chance to cause an upset so we need to get everything right from the beginning.”

The Telecom Fijian Warriors face Samoa A tonight at 6pm while Tonga A take on Junior Japan at 3.30pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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