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Flying Fijian Halfback Henry Seniloli Urged To Improve Performance

Henry Seniloli needs to deliver at the rucks. We need to play a quick game and the ball needs to be delivered as soon as, says coach John McKee.
24 Jul 2019 16:44
Flying Fijian Halfback Henry Seniloli Urged To Improve Performance
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians half-back Henry Seniloli (with ball) looks for support against the Maori All Blacks at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on July 13, 2019. In support (from left) Mesulame Dolokoto, Waisea Nayacalevu, Api Ratuniyarawa and Nemani Nagusa. Fiji won 27-10. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Head Coach John McKee wants an improved performance from Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Henry Seniloli against Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup.

But despite being criticised and under the pump for his slow delivery in the Pacific Test Series against the Maori All Blacks, McKee said the Bau, Tailevu, native did some good things.

“Henry Seniloli was okay and is one of those half-backs that needs to deliver at the rucks,” McKee said,

“And the fact that we need to play a quick game and the ball needs to be delivered as soon as.

“He did do some of the good stuff as well since there is a lot of pressure at the half-back position”

Seniloli and Frank Lomani are the two half-backs on the tour party and both are likely to get game time at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Seniloli, 29, plays for English club Doncaster Knights in the second tier Greene King IPA Championship. He played twice for Fiji during the 2015 RWC, coming off the bench in the 23-13 defeat to Wales and the 47-15 win over Uruguay.

Depth in squad

McKee is happy with the depth and experience in the side and is confident his men will put up a good performance and defend the PNC title.

“PNC is important to us and as cup holders we would love to hold and maintain that position and be the top team in the Pacific,” McKee said.

“And with the depth in our squad we can balance in preparing for the RWC and with their performance in the PNC the players will need to step up if they want to make it to the final cut.”

He expects Japan to play a fast-paced game.

“Obviously we haven’t had any warm-up matches against Japan in a while so we don’t really know a lot about their side,” McKee said.

“But all we really can take is just to change our overall style of game and also since the Japanese love to play on the edges, we will try to keep the game alive and be quick on the rucks and defensively work very hard.”

Radradra recovering

McKee also confirmed Semi Radradra would be back in the team to play against Canada in the second round of the PNC match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva next week.

“We certainly will look at bringing Semi Radradra back in the team probably against Canada. He is still recovering from some injuries playing in the Top 14 comp in France,” McKee explained

“We are looking forward to seeing him being available next week.

“Vereniki Goneva is still undergoing rehabilitation and is way behind Radradra’s return and I am hoping that he will be back for the match against Samoa.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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