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We are highly motivated team under coach Tafua: Chris Vui The return of wily coach Dick­ie Tafua is going to see a to­tally different Manu Samoa rugby side take on
09 Jun 2018 11:46
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Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera (left) and Manu Samoa captain Chris Vui at the Royal Suva Yacht Club on June 8,2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

We are highly motivated team under coach Tafua: Chris Vui

The return of wily coach Dick­ie Tafua is going to see a to­tally different Manu Samoa rugby side take on the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, 3:30pm today.

Team captain Chris Vui told SUN­sports yesterday that they are not the same team that played Fiji a year ago in Apia.

“Everyone should expect a big per­formance from Samoa,” he said.

“Dickie is a perfect coach and he knows how to get the players to­gether. He doesn’t say much but when he does it carries a lot of weight.”

Tafua was recalled in September last year after head coach Alama Ieremia resigned when under his watch Samoa suffered four straight defeats and missed automatic 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification.

His return was backed by former captain Mahonri Schwalger who called on all Samoans to support Tafua and the team’s bid to qualify for next year’s RWC.

The no-nonsense coach also guid­ed the Samoan rugby sevens team to win the 2009/10 World Sevens Se­ries and later the 2011 Rugby World Cup where Samoa beat Fiji 27-7 and narrowly lost to Wales 17-10 and South Africa 13-5.

“You see Dickie knows how to win championships. Dickie is a great man and he knows how to motivate the team so expect a highly motivat­ed Samoan team tomorrow.”

Vui said it has not been easy for Samoa as last year some of their senior players abandoned the team and they had no choice but to field new players.

“We are going in against a great Fijian side but for us it’s more than rugby, it’s about our nation and how to bring joy to our people,” he added.

Qera: New Start, New Faces

Playing Samoa today is an oppor­tunity for us to assess the progress we’ve made, says Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fijians skipper Akapusi Qera.

Speaking to SUNsports, he said, that is an area they are working on to see how they have moved for­ward from last year.

“It’s from last year’s June test matches then to the November tour to Europe and now,” Qera said.

He pointed out that part of their progress is the emergence of new faces in the team.

This afternoon sees second five eight Sevania Galala making his Test debut along with Viliame Mata who is making the run on team for the first time.

“I’ve faith in them and their per­formance,” Qera added.

The Agen-based loosie said de­spite the wet weather they are go­ing to keep that Fijian flair in the game.

“But we’ll see how it goes and what the weather situation is like.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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