Rugby Union

Back To Basics Says Fijian Latui Coach

“I think for the boys it was pressure playing the new rules rather than concentrating on playing rugby. But it is a good start but we need to do a lot of work before playing the Western Force.”
22 May 2019 16:23
Back To Basics Says Fijian Latui Coach
Halfback Frank Lomani delivers a pass during training at Bidesi Park, Suva on May 21,2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Senirusi Seruvakula coached- Swire Shipping Fijian Latui are not going to rest on their laurels as they face Western Force in the Global Rapid Rugby clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka this Saturday.

This was after a narrow 38-32 win over Kagifa Samoa last Saturday where the Fijians had to rely on a last-minute from winger Ifereimi Tovilevu to seal the win.

Seruvakula said numerous poor handling during critical moments of the game let them down.

“Then the two valuable intercepts, two silly giveaway three-pointers plus the two yellow cards.

“There were times when we were supposed to kick away from our red zone but we did not.

“So when we ran there were 50-50 passes and the Samoans pressured us and that is when those turnovers happened.

“I think for the boys it was pressure playing the new rules rather than concentrating on playing rugby. But it is a good start but we need to do a lot of work before playing the Western Force.”

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Eroni Mawi and hooker Mesulame Dolokoto led the front row as the side opted for an experienced side.  The backline was packed with experienced players like Apisalome Waqatabu, Aveete Daveta, John Stewart and Lepani Raiyala. Nadroga No.8 Timoci Davu and Netava Koroisau of Namosi made their debut.

“I was controlling the message sent to the team in the final stages and we needed to go wide.

“When we went wide they could not match us. But we really need to go to our basics, our passing and keeping the ball when in contact.

“Those were messages in the last five minutes,” he added.

The Western Force side arrive tomorrow. They have been unbeaten since the launch of the GRR.

Meanwhile, Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani is likely to start on Saturday after recovering from an injury sustained during the Skipper Cup Premiership.

The team went  into camp and had their training run at Bidesi Park, Suva with former national 7s winger Joeli Lutumailagi joining the squad.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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