Leweniqila: More Tests The Better

Playing regular Test matches is a good preparation platform for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, says a senior player.
17 May 2022 17:35
Leweniqila: More Tests The Better
Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua prop Joma Rubuti and captain Bitila Tawake (fourth from left) with Getting into Rugby (GiR) and Rugby Plus programme participants that was attended by the Australia’s Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council chair Stepahnie Brantz at the Latter-day Saints College in Tamavua, Suva, on May 13, 2022. Photo: High Commission of Australia.

Playing regular Test matches is a good preparation platform for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, says a senior player.

Speaking to SUNsports, Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain, Sereima Leweniqila, said playing in the Tri Series against Japan and the Australian Wallaroos had been a learning experience.

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain Sereima Leweniqla

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs captain Sereima Leweniqla

The blockbusting No.8 earlier on was one of the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua’s unsung heroes when they hoisted the Super W title in their debut year.

She said playing Test rugby would help them get better.

Leweniqila also pointed out that after playing in the Super W competition they had to lift their game when it came to Test matches.

“It was really important for the coach staff to gauge the players against an international team,” she said.

“The Test matches were also good for us as players to also gauge our performance when we play against some of the best teams in the world. By gauging players and their performances the coaching staff will be able to select a very good team for the world cup.”

Leweniqila said some of the players had already done their fitness test while she is still on a break.

“It takes me time to recover, my mind to reset and get back to it,” she added.

Leweniqila said the level of competition in the Super W is nowhere when compared to playing Test matches.

“The intensity and the pace between Super W and international matches is very different. In our first experience against Japan it was very tough. International teams bring physicality, high tempo, the technicality of the game. Japan brought that. The Japanese players were fast in the ruck and it was amazing.”

Leweniqila said their coaches have identified areas that they need to improve on.

“They (coached) have seen our weakness and I’m sure they are working on it and get us ready for the next Test match,” she added.

The Fiji Rugby Union is working on securing a date for a Test against Canada. This will be after the Oceania competition in June.

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