THE Fiji under-18 rugby team is wary of the wounded Australian Schoolboys in their one-off Test match at Churchill Park in Lautoka today.
The visitors lost their opening match against the Presidents XV 18-9 over the weekend, and already the Fiji U18 camp is anticipating an intense match this afternoon. Fiji U18 coach Eroni Vereivalu said the Presidents XV victory would be a challenge for his troops.
"We know this match will be a different ball game altogether, the Aussies lost last Saturday and they will be back like a wounded lion," Vereivalu said.
He said his troops knew how crucial the game would be. He challenged the players to give their best shot since they were the best available players in Fiji at the moment.
"Losing last week is not a matter to the Aussies but what matters the most to them is this game. This is a Test match and they will take it more seriously. Last week, most of their key players did not play so they will be in full force tomorrow (today).
"I told the boys that they were the best selected and they should give their best in this match. This is the stepping stone to being a future Fiji rep and they should consider this game as an eye opener for them," Vereivalu said.
Nasinu Secondary School outside centre Isireli Misiwini will lead the side and assisted by Iowane Marau of Queen Victoria School. The game kicks off at 3.30pm.