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Warriors Wary: Samusamuvodre Unhappy With Performance Despite Win

Samusamuvodre said they committed many errors and would need to work hard on rectifying them before they take on Tonga A in their second match on Tuesday.
07 Mar 2020 10:39
Warriors Wary: Samusamuvodre Unhappy With Performance Despite Win
The Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors scored all 29 points in the first half of their World Rugby Pacific Challenger opener against Samoa A at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on March 6, 2020. They won 29-5. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors captain Tuidraki Samusamuvodre is not satisfied with their 29-5 win over Samoa A in their World Rugby Pacific Challenge opener at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, last night.

The Warriors scored a handy 29-0 lead at halftime but failed to score any points in the second half while the Samoans managed an unconverted lone try.

Samusamuvodre said they committed many errors and would need to work hard on rectifying them before they take on Tonga A in their second match on Tuesday.

“We expect a physical battle against Tonga,” the wily first five-eight said.

“We cannot play like what did today against them. We need to look at the errors we’ve made today and how we can work on it.”

With the big lead, Samusamuvodre says the message at halftime was a simple one, which is to take the ball forward before sending it wide.

In the 6th minute, Warriors second five-eight Filimoni Savou crashed over for the first try after receiving a pass from halfback Simione Kuruvoli. The Samoans were continuously penalised for being offside.

Warriors’ flanker Anasa Qaranivalu extended the lead after crossing over the try line after a passing movement that started inside their half. Samusamuvodre extended the Warriors lead by scoring two tries. He converted three of the tries and booted over a penalty.

In the second spell, Samoa A’s lone try came from winger Owen Niue after intercepting a Fijian attack.

Credit must go to the Samoans who defended well in the second half and denying the Fijians to score points.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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