THE Fiji netball players cut short their 2012 LICI Pacific Netball Series (PNS) win celebration to prepare for the two Test matches against Singapore this weekend.
Eight from the 12-member national squad turned up for the training yesterday at the National Netball Centre in Laucala where the team focused on the endurance and intensity level of the players.
Team manager Tanya Vatubua said the remaining four were excused because they were treating the niggling injuries from the PNS, which was held last week at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
Fiji was the only unbeaten team in the regional event overcoming neighbours Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Cook Islands.
"The others (four that didn't turn up for training) are taking care of the blisters and some niggling injuries they are carrying," Vatubua said.
"We hope they will be all right before the team marches into camp this Thursday."
Vatubua said the PNS win was a big boost for the side as the Unaisi Rokoura-coached team looked to maintain their fine form against the visiting Singaporeans.
She said the outcome of the matches would also impact the national team's standing on the International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) rankings.
Fiji is placed seventh in the world rankings while Singapore is lowly ranked on 20.
"This is a Test match so it will definitely contribute to our rankings. Singapore is a tough team and we would rank them similar to Samoa," Vatubua said.
"They have the same intensity (as the Samoans) and have a good build in height-wise. They are fast and aggressive but the height advantage will be on our side."
Fiji plays Singapore on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at 6pm at Vodafone Arena.
Vatubua said they were looking forward to similar support they experienced at the three-day PNS.