SINGAPORE is wary of the fast and furious Fijian side in the two Test match series opener tonight at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The visitors arrived late Wednesday with high hopes of creating an upset against Fiji, which is in high spirit following their 2012 LICI Pacific Netball Series win last week.
Assistant coach Yeo Mee Hong said despite being lowly rated than Fiji, they would be no pushover against the much favoured hosts.
Fiji is ranked seventh in the International Federation of Netball Association rankings while Singapore is placed on the 20th spot.
"Fiji is very good in terms of team spirit and it will be good Test matches for us. Fiji is very fast in their timing on court and their turnovers and also their accuracy of shots are very high.
"We will have to try to contain them right from the defence line, centre turn and goal area as well."
Singapore, which is taking these matches to improve on their rankings and prepare for the Asian Cup next month, will be relying on the eight experienced players in the squad.
Mee Hong said the players did not have any problems adjusting to the conditions here given similar weather back in Singapore.
She said the side was hoping to give Fiji a good match for the benefit of the spectators that would be coming to support the teams.
"We have four youths from the under-21 and there are eight seniors for the World Champs and Nations Cup last year," Mee Hong said.
"So we have relatively young circle line shooters except for one who has played in the World Champs."
Fiji team manager Tanya Vatubua said Singapore, without doubt, would give the Unaisi Rokoura-coached side a tough match.
The national team marched into camp yesterday to focus and work on the game plan for these two matches.
Vatubua said all players had joined the camp except for captain Mere Rabuka.
Rabuka, who recently got married to former Flying Fijian Jone Qovu, will join the team today after farewelling her husband, who leaves for France to resume his club rugby there.