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Step up defence

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, January 10, 2013

AUSTRALIAN Institute of Sports coach Wise Kativerata believes Fiji needs a specialised defence coach for our national rugby sevens and 15s teams.

With previous calls being made by former national reps and experts to improve our defence, Kativerata says it is about time words are put into action.

And after Fiji's dismissal performance at the George and Dubai 7s tournaments and with the Wellington and Las Vegas legs in sight, Kativerata said defence had been our main weakness.

"A lot of calls have been made to improve our defence in the past whenever the team losses. But I think it's about time we get a specialised defence coach who can teach the basic steps of defending," he said.

"Defending is not only about drifting from the left to the right or vise-versa but learning the basic drills of how to defend."

The former Fiji Bati, who later represented Australia in the abbreviated code, assisted the Fiji Warriors team during their Pacific Rugby Cup tour last year.

He said Fiji was best known for their open style of rugby.

However, he also stated that Fiji's expansive rugby game could be a drawback when it came to defending.

"If we can play open rugby then we should also try to learn how to defend against open rugby because all other teams are following our style. The only difference is that they execute the basics very well especially in defending," he said.

Kativerata is currently the defence coach for the Gold Coast Titans.

He played for Parramatta Eels and Saint George Illawarra Dragons in the Nation Rugby League (NRL) competition and the NSW Waratahs in rugby union.

Kativerata represented Australia during the Dubai 7s in 2004.

The 36-year old Verata man has been involved with AIS for the past five years.

Most international rugby teams have employed defence coaches to improve their play.





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