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No-show Caucau cops flak

Monday, June 07, 2010

FORMER Flying Fijian ca-ptain Kele Leawere slam-med Rupeni Caucaunibuca for not keeping to his word during the international Test match against Aust-ralia on Saturday night.

Before the game, the Bua bullet said through media interviews that he would be at his best to mark his return to international Te-st rugby for Fiji.

But Caucau didn't exactly excite the former superstar winger playing at outside centre, unlikely to have sparked a bidding war for his services after saying mid-week he was auditioning for a Super 15 contract in Australia.

Playing at more than 20kgs above his fighting weight of his glory days of the mid-2000s, Caucau had little impact on the match.

Leawere said players should learn to do their talking on the field rather than giving false promises to rugby fans.

"It's a shame for Caucau to make comments on how he will do his best against Australia. We witnessed the complete opposite of what he stated," Leawere said.

"The public waited patiently for him to perform but instead we saw him being given medical treatment time after time.

"I think he should learn to talk on the field rather than through the media. Let your work on the field do the talking.

"Let the captain talk and players to shut up and prove themselves on the field."

Leawere praised the gallant effort of the Fiji forwards.

He said the lineout was the major setback which affected Fiji's performance.

He said skipper Deacon Manu played a major role in leading his troops to a wonderful game of rugby.

"Manu is a class player in his calibre but for him to adapt to Fijian rugby is another part of the story. He is not talking a lot because he is new to the Fijian style of rugby."

"I think we should work ourselves forward from this game and move."


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