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League hopefuls show promise

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, November 22, 2012

FIJI National Rugby League development officer Sale Tubuna is "satisfied" with the results from the fitness test of the Fiji Residents Eastern players.

The Suva-based players underwent a beep test yesterday and Tubuna was happy with the progress made by the majority of the Fiji Bati hopefuls.

However, Tubuna said there were still rooms for improvement ahead of their build-up match against Newcastle Knights early next year.

"The players who have been training with us for three to four weeks did well as expected. The fitness test showed the improvements in these players," he said.

"But we've still got few more weeks until December. There are still areas which need more improvement and we are quite confident of having that covered before head coach Rick Stone re-joins the team."

Tubuna said the progress showed by the players was a testament their preparation for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup was on track.

He said they needed support from the players and their commitment to build a formidable team for the RLWC in England.

"Having represented at the 2008 RLWC, we know what is required to be competitive at that level," Tubuna said.

"We want to make sure we do a good build-up so we don't have to come up with excuses like 'we didn't have enough time for build-up' at the RLWC.

"We are taking a step at a time and not cutting corners in our build-up."

Meanwhile, Tubuna made a special mention of Ra player Lekima Banuve following his impressive performance at the fitness test yesterday.

"Lekima did really well. He is adapting well to the program and showed a big improvement at the fitness test."

The Lautoka-based players will undergo a fitness test today.





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