WINNING the kick-offs is vital if Digicel Fiji team wants to do well at this weekend's Gold Coast tournament.
After watching his players during a walk through at Skilled Park, coach Ben Ryan said the team needed to win their share of kick-offs.
"We need to work hard and also have depth in this area (kick-offs), Ryan said.
"If we look at the previous tournaments in terms of set piece teams have almost 30 to 40 kick-offs, 10 to 20 scrums and about three to seven line-outs. So that is where you got to spend your time training as you will have more kick-offs than line-outs and scrums.
"So if we can just dominate the kick-offs we can just be back to the old days when Naevo used to dominate in the air and win the ball back and leave everyone just petrified of Fiji kicking off."
Ryan said he wanted to get the team back to the top and winning the kick-offs was the best way to do that.
At training in Gold Coast this week Rayn has been using lanky Nadi man Samu Saqiwa and hard-working Namosi flanker Sakiusa Nadruku to lead their campaign in winning the kick-offs.
Experienced Ilai Tinai has also been seen working hard at training to perfect his kicks something that has been a problem for the team in past tournaments.
The Portugal forwards were able to put pressure on the Fijians' line-out throws but Ryan is hopeful that this would improve when tournament starts this morning.