Fijiana XV Need To Lift Their Game

The Rooster Fijiana XV side will have to lift their game against the Australian Wallaroos today.
06 May 2022 10:35
Fijiana XV Need To Lift Their Game
Fijiana Drua tighthead prop Karalaini Naisewa on her way to score a try in their Super W opener against Melbourne Rebels at the Endeavour Hills RC on March 5, 2022. Photo: Fijiana Drua

The Rooster Fijiana XV side will have to lift their game against the Australian Wallaroos today.

Our history makers are out on a mission things looks possible after their Super W dominance.

After their first taste of international rugby against Japan, the Fijians have learned a lot.

Ball retention, poor decision making and aimless kicking was a set-back against Japan.

There is no doubt head coach Senirusi Seruvakula will be working on these areas during training.

First things first, attend to detail on the little things during the match.

Keep ball so that we can shift the ball with pace, tempo and intensity.

The Wallaroos will use their game review against Japan to exploit our weakness.

There is no room for mistakes; we have to be fight for possession and territory.

The Fijiana XV side will have to stay in the fight from the first whistle.

Play with purpose and have a never say die attitude with a fighting mentality.

Our multi-phase attacks comfortably and we threatened to break the opposition’s defensive line.

The pace of our attacks will provide us with a lot of opportunities through penalties and tries.

Cut out penalties through off side, high tackles and silly play.

It’s time for the Sereima Leweniqila captained side to show urgency in both attack and defense.

Meanwhile Shannon Parry is relishing the chance to lead out the Wallaroos on home soil, preparing to break a four-year drought between Tests against the Fijianas.

New coach Jay Tregonning was quick to elevate Parry to captain for the upcoming Tests against Fijiana and Japan, something which the Queenslander didn’t take lightly.

“It’s an absolute honour to represent my country and to be named captain is just that special little bit on top,” she told

“I played at Suncorp for the first time this year in Super W and being around the game for a little while now, you don’t get the opportunity to play at home.

“To be a Queenslander playing at the cauldron is extra special so having my friends and family in the crowd will be a nice touch as well.

“To skipper the team is something that I’m absolutely honoured and really looking forward to the challenge.”

The squad for the series includes 22 uncapped players, with Parry looking to lean on the likes of outgoing captain Grace Hamilton for experience as they begin their build towards the World Cup.

“It’s been really good, there’s a lot of strong leaders in this group and I’ll be relying on them on and off the field,” the gold medalist explained.

“There is Grace Hamilton, Iliseva Batibasaga, everyone brings something different to the table in terms of how they lead and what they do on the field. It’s about working with those women to get the balance right.”

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