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Fijiana Primed For Hong Kong

  The Fijiana XV team know the skill level of their opponents when they meet in Hong Kong in the 2017 Women Rugby World Cup qualifier next month. Despite the
18 Nov 2016 11:00
Fijiana Primed For Hong Kong
Fijiana 15s team during training at USP Grounds.

 

The Fijiana XV team know the skill level of their opponents when they meet in Hong Kong in the 2017 Women Rugby World Cup qualifier next month.

Despite the good start to their campaign beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) 37-10 two weeks ago, the side knows the task will be even harder when they play HK on December 9 and Japan on December 13.

Assistant coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata said they have been monitoring Hong Kong’s performance and know what to expect from the side.

“We will be facing two different teams all together when we go to Hong Kong compared to PNG,” Doviverata said.

“Hong Kong have been playing for the last 10 years, whereas for us it will be the second game for us.

“We have watched their games and we have seen their weaknesses and strengths, so we are preparing accordingly.

“Judging from the way they played, we know what to expect from them and we need to make sure that we are prepared ourselves going into this competition.

“A lot is at stake, so we are just making sure we get things right.”

Though the girls impressed the coaching staff with their performance against PNG, Doviverata said there are some changes that will need to be made.

“This week has been refreshing and we are touching up on what we have learnt from our game against PNG,” he said.

“The girls have responded well and they know that there are places up for grabs in the team for the HK trip.

“Only a few changes will be made, a few new players will be coming in, we have been in constant contact with head coach Seremaia Bai about the players.

“Some of the players have niggling injuries so we have to look at that before we make the selection.

“At the moment, we are just trying to build up the team so that we have a good outing and depending on the results we get, we can get more girls interested.”

The Fijiana XV depart for HK on December 4. Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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