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Fijians Must Outsmart Australia A To Win

They will play at 3:30pm while With the World Cup next year, majority of them are gunning for a spot in one of the world's best three sides - the Wallabies.
08 Jul 2022 18:30
Fijians Must Outsmart Australia A To Win
Vodafone Flying Fijians players, from left, Api Ratuniyarawa, Haereiti Hetet, and Eroni Mawi train at Albert Park, Suva, on July 7, 2022.Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter knows that Australian A team will be out to prove a point against them tomorrow at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

They will play at 3:30pm while, majority of them are gunning for a spot in one of the world’s best three sides – the Wallabies.

Wallabies are one of the three best performing teams, having won World Cup finals; with only New Zealand and South Africa having won three tournaments.

Vodafone Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani trains at Albert Park, Suva, on July 7, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani trains at Albert Park, Suva, on July 7,
2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Australia has hosted or co-hosted the tournament on two occasions in 1987 and 2003.

Ahead of the second round of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup ,

Cotter is weary of the Australians knowing that they will bring their A game when they face the Flying Fijians tomorrow.

He said the Australian players will put on a big game.

“They will want to prove that they should to be in the Wallabies squad that is playing in the England series now.

“These players will come with that mindset, a performance driven mindset and a winning one as well.

“Keep in mind that this is a team that came out with a loss and will be very determined to put things right, they will lift their game.

Cotter added that the Fijian Drua players know how the Australian players play following the recent Pacific Super Rugby series.

Vodafone Flying Fijians second five eighth Kalaveti Ravouvou train at Albert Park, Suva, on July 7, 2022.Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vodafone Flying Fijians second five eighth Kalaveti Ravouvou train at Albert Park, Suva, on July 7, 2022.Suva.
Photo: Ronald Kumar

“They will be tough but for the boys that play Super Rugby they know what Australian teams are like; they are competitive and they don’t go away,” he said.

“We have to step up and that is our key component for this week.

“Make sure that we get better and build on good things from last week.

“We got to keep focusing on the game, have good set-pieces and play structured rugby to keep the ball for a longer period.”

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