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Payback Time

The memories of the 66-5 drub­bing the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua received from the Can­berra Vikings in last year’s Na­tional Rugby Championship clash is something halfback Serupepeli Vularika is hoping
02 Oct 2018 11:56
Payback Time
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua halfback Serupepeli Vularika (with ball) looks for a gap as captain Mosese Voka looks on during training at Bidesi Park, Suva on September 27, 2018. Vularika has regained his halfback spot in last Saturday’s 48-7 win over NSW Country Eagles and is likely to start against Canberra Vikings this Saturday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The memories of the 66-5 drub­bing the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua received from the Can­berra Vikings in last year’s Na­tional Rugby Championship clash is something halfback Serupepeli Vularika is hoping to erase on Sat­urday.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, the plucky playmaker said he must improve on his game and be able to move it up another notch.

“I need to focus on areas that I need to improve on,” Vularika said.

“This is on my passing and kick­ing game. I’ll prepare well for this Saturday’s match and try to put on a much-improved performance.”

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep said for Saturday, they must beat the Vikings and also put on a much-improved performance.

“We need to focus on our weak­nesses that were exploited from our match against Queensland Coun­try. The Canberra Vikings beat us really bad last year and definitely we will be coming out strong this weekend to pay them back.”

Looking forward, the Naqarani, Rewa native added that he is also eyeing to make the Flying Fijians tour party to Europe in Novem­ber where they play Test matches against Scotland, France and Uru­guay.

Vularika was the Flying Fijians first choice halfback during last year’s June Test series and the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

He played against the Wallabies before they went on to beat Italy and Scotland in Suva. Vularika injured his wrist during the RWC qualifier win against Tonga in Nukua’lofa and had to be ruled out.

“I’m really looking forward to be part of the national team that will be part of the Europe tour.

“Anything can happen but all that I need to do is to be prepared and focus more on the goals that I’ve set which goes right to next year’s Rug­by World Cup in Japan,” he added.

The match kicks-off at 3pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: nikolau.ravai@fijisun.com.fj



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