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Do Not Make Mistakes: Seruvakula

Rooster Chircken Fijiana XV head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said his team managed to hold England in the first half of their match at the women’s Rugby World Cup, but lost focus in the second half.
11 Oct 2022 15:26
Do Not Make Mistakes: Seruvakula
Fijiana XVs second winger Vitalina Naikore on the run against England at the Women’s Rugby World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland in New Zealand on October 8, 2022. Photo: FRU Media.

Rooster Chircken Fijiana XV head coach Senirusi Seru­vakula said his team man­aged to hold England in the first half of their match at the women’s Rugby World Cup, but lost focus in the second half.

England had thrashed the Fijiana side 19-84 in their first World Cup march on Saturday at Eden Park, New Zealand.

Seruvakula stressed that playing against a fully professional side like England meant they needed to not make mistakes.

“We need to be consistent and also don’t give a lot of errors. The more space we give the more they gonna punish us and we have to be play­ing. We have to be smart, we have to play smart.”

Fijiana take on South Africa in Pool C on Sunday at Waitakere Sta­dium in Auckland.

Meanwhile debutant forward Sit­eri Rasolea was proud to represent her home country, be part of the first Fijian women to do so.

Rasolea who recovered from an injury last year did not play in the Super W competition. The match against England was her first match since her surgery.

“It was a tough fight out there. I was very proud of the fact that the girls had in them. Wasn’t the result that we wanted, but to be able to de­but in front of an awesome crowd here at Eden Park. They definitely put on a show. I’m just proud of the effort that the girls put in,” she said.

“Just be able to go back to the drawing board and hopefully work on what we need to work on for next week’s game. Yeah, it’s fun. Fact is; it’s actually my first full game of proper game back since my surgery last year.

“I didn’t play any club level or Su­per W, just going straight into the international level – it was definite­ly something I had to dig deep for, but it was definitely awesome.

“It is an awesome feeling to be with my sisters that led on the field as well.

“It’s definitely something that I’ll put in my history books and it’s definitely proud to be the first women’s team to be playing in the World Cup.

“I think we definitely have the team, we just need to be able to go back to the drawing board and fo­cus on the little set piece things. But once we are able to fire up I believe that we’ll be able to get the win.”

Story By: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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