THE Fiji women's team will need to improve their performance if they are to at least win a game in the Hero World League Round 2 tournament being played in New Delhi, India.
This is after they were thrashed by Japan 14-0 in the opening match of the tournament at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium yesterday.
National coach Shaun Corrie was happy with his team's performance despite the score.
Corrie said the girls managed to regroup in the second half and stopped their Japanese sisters from finishing the game with a much bigger score-line.
Corrie said going against the world's 9th ranked team was not easy.
"We didn't do well in the first half but in the second half the girls managed to do better," he said.
Corrie said that match exposed areas they needed to improve on before their second match against Russia today.
"We need to improve on our defence, communication and how to utilise on every opportunity we have," he said.
Captain Melba Nautu said regardless of the score, her side did well.
"We will take back the exposure and everything we learn from here," she said.
"For now we will sort out what went wrong and hope to improve in our next match."
The Yoo Seung Jin-coached Japanese side started their campaign from a penalty on the ninth minute of the game.
And they were unstoppable after that.
At half-time they were ahead 8-0.
Jin felt they could have scored more but was happy with the overall performance of his young side.
"We need more goals but I'm happy with the score," he said.
The Fiji men's team was still to play India last night when this edition went to press.