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We Have To Refocus Says Cotter

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said while last week's game was poorly managed, sound decision making were crucial for any team to win.
14 Jul 2022 13:15
We Have To Refocus Says Cotter
The Flying Fijians team during their training session at the International School in Nadi on July 12,2022. From left: Rusiate Nasove, Ben Volavola and Josua Tuisova. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said while last week’s game was poorly managed, sound decision making were crucial for any team to win.

“Decision making, like I said, I think we didn’t do what we do best,” Cotter said after their 32-18 loss to Australia A last Saturday.

“We complicated the game for our­selves, either through errors and lack of accuracy and not under­standing how,” he said.

“The tries we scored were through simple plays, it was simple inten­tion to get out, go for initiatives in the game.

“I don’t think we managed the game well, we had a couple of you know, we got charged down.

“We missed touch; we couldn’t get a good score and then lose the ball from kick-off.

“We need to understand the im­portance of every single action within the game.

“We can’t have five minutes off. We’ve got to refocus and this will be one of the themes coming.”

Cotter said he would be naming his team that will take on Samoa on Saturday, today.

In comparing their loss against Australia A last week and their match against Samoa on Saturday, he said will be a different approach altogether.

Fiji will play against Manu Samoa at 3:30pm while Tonga take on Aus­tralia A at 12pm at Churchill Park, Lautoka, in the last round of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup challenge.

“We need to present ourselves in the best manner against Samoa.

“If we can get it right early in the week, we’ll be fine. And we’ll put in the performance that we can be proud of. We want to put one on that we’re proud of.

“I will definitely have a look at the team and who we put on the pad­dock.

The third round will also be the decider of the PNC winner as Sa­moa leads the table with 10 points, Australia A second with 7 while Fiji is third with 5 points.

Tonga remain pointless as they lost both games.

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