INDISCIPLINE almost cost Fiji Warriors maximum points in the Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) New Zealand leg match against the Highlanders Development side in Dunedin last night.
The Inoke Male-coached side gave away 18 points in penalties but managed to hold the previously unbeaten Highlanders to a 37-all draw. Fiji trailed 17-7 at the break.
National Academy Program manager Franck Boivert was elated with the result and praised the under-23 players for their effort.
He said the result spoke volumes of their commitment in making the Flying Fijians team in the future.
"The result shows the gap between the U200 and senior players is closing up," Boivert said.
"It's a good start to our build-up for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond."
Male made eight changes to the starting line-up of the side that beat the Rebels Rising 27-22 in Australia last week.
The win sees Fiji remain unbeaten in 10 straight matches in the PRC which the Warriors have been winning for the past four consecutive years. The Warriors also lead the competition this year with two wins and a draw so far.
Warriors: Apisai Vatubuli, Jale Sassen, Leon Kwong, Nathan Hughes, Matai Ucutabua, Inoke Tuisese, Apisai Domolailai, Esiria Vueti, Henry Seniloli, Ratunaisa Vatuiranuku, Apisai Nawaqaliva, Nemani Nadolo, Jovesa Kunawave, Penaia Naweilili, Aisea Natoga. Reserves: Seru Cakobau, Leroy Atalifo, Joeli Veitayaki, Josefa Biu/Eremasi Radrodro, Kolinio Vunaki, Joseph Brown, Peni Kamakorewa.