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Lucky Escape For Fiji Residents

It was a tough game as the Fiji Residents rugby league side held the British Amateur Rugby League (BARL) team to a 16-16 draw in the first of their clash
13 Nov 2016 11:00
Lucky Escape For Fiji Residents
Fiji Residents Sevanaia Koroi takes on BARL defence at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

It was a tough game as the Fiji Residents rugby league side held the British Amateur Rugby League (BARL) team to a 16-16 draw in the first of their clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Residents head coach Joe Rabele said he was not impressed with the result but has accepted the fact that they have come out with a draw.

“The players did not perform as well as I had expected,” he said.

“They did not reach the standard I had wanted.  But we are happy to go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong and try to improve for the next game on Wednesday.  “Ball control was one of the issues today. We dropped too many balls and communication was not there as I said we will have to go back and sit down, watch the game and analyse it.”

Rabele praised the performance of upcoming fullback Aborosio Navori.

“He played really well and did well under the high balls and this also goes to all the 17 players that played.”

BARL coach Owen Rooney said he would be making changes to his line-up as they hope to come out winners in their next game.

“We know how hard it is to come to Fiji but I have nothing but praise for my boys. I am proud of how we scored in the end. I thought it was a really good game. Wednesday we will change things a bit.

“The games went pretty well, praises to the Fiji Residents I thought there were some exceptional talent there and some exceptional athletes.

“We want to thank Fiji for hosting us. This is a phenomenal nation, so friendly, so welcoming and that’s the credit where they play in front of their turf you play in the right spirit and I thought we could have edged them.

“We did on tries but we didn’t get our conversions but some of them were tough. We have a few other players so we will change the squad move them around and see how that goes on Wednesday.”

The second clash will be held at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on Wednesday.

Edited by Osea Bola

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