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Uruguay Next For Warriors

Lift your game, coach warns players   The Telecom Fijian Warriors last night walloped Samoa A 36-0 to hoist the World Rugby Pacific Challenge Trophy. A jubilant Warriors coach Senirusi
22 Mar 2016 11:55
Uruguay Next For Warriors
World Rugby Pacific Challenge winners Telecom Fijian Warriors celebrating after defeating Samoa at the ANZ stadium last night. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Lift your game, coach warns players

 

The Telecom Fijian Warriors last night walloped Samoa A 36-0 to hoist the World Rugby Pacific Challenge Trophy.

A jubilant Warriors coach Senirusi Seruvakula said, he was proud of the players but however, warned that they need to lift their performance to the next level if they are do well in their tour to Uruguay.

“That is our next mission,” the no-nonsense coach said as the Warriors will leave on May 9 for the tour.

“The players stuck to the game plan but there were moments where they made mistakes.

“We have learned from that and will go back to the drawing board. We considered this as a good build-up to the Uruguay tour and playing against Tonga A, Samoa A and Junior Japan was the experience we needed, as most of our players are new.”

Seruvakula said, the tournament had taught them a lot and the assistance they would receive from the development unit would enable them to become better.

“There was not enough time to prepare for the tournament but players have learnt a lot playing at this level.

“This is a big step for them and they have done well especially when playing under pressure.

Warriors captain Peni Ravai dedicated the win to the late prop Iosefo Bele.

“I want to thank the players for their hard work and fans for the support,” he said.

The Warriors started the final with a bang when they got a penalty try after the Samoans deliberately collapsed the scrum on their tryline.

With an early 8-0 lead the Warriors absorbed what the Samoans threw at them before winger Nacani Wakaya fended off the Samoan tacklers to score a try right on the 30th minute with the extra two points from the conversion of Kitione Ratu. With a handy 16-0 lead at halftime the Warriors never looked back.

In the 50th minute, right winger Lepani Raiyala sneaked through a gap in the Samoan defence to score a try as the Warriors extended their lead to 22-0.

Then it was lock forward Mataiasi Ucutabua who put his name on the score sheet with a try before Frederick Hickes finished off Warriors campaign with a superb try under the post while Serupepeli Vularika converted it to leave the final score at 36-0.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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