WORKING on player combinations and communication on the pitch is top of the agenda for head coach Rick Stone as he aims for a top spot finish when the Vodafone Fiji Bati face off against the Irish Wolfhounds in their opening match of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) in two weeks.
Stone said the players had exceeded expectations with the training and gym sessions over the past couple of days.
He added the players became more familiar with each other while here.
"All the activities we participated in were not only good for the community but us as well," he said.
"The boys have really benefitted from this trip and they have gotten closer than before.
"We have been gradually working through some of the structures and we fell in place before the warm- up match against the Fiji Presidents.
"I understand the weather conditions will be different compared to what we have in Fiji and to work on that, we will be having some warm up matches against some local English clubs.
"This is to get used to the weather and also help finetune our skills before our first match against Ireland."
The coach said it took a bit of time for the whole group to come together but added that the one week spent here was a huge asset to their performance because the team bonded well.
"This will improve our communication and familiarisation on the field."
Captain Petero Civoniceva echoed similar sentiments, expressing the need for fluent communication and working with the best possible combinations of players.
"I think we just need to work on the combinations a bit more because we have only played as a team once," he said.
Civoniceva added that despite coming together in one week, the boys had managed to display fine talent at their warm-up match last week.
"It's hard to get it perfect straight away but we are fortunate we have a couple more weeks to really address those key areas that need work before our opening match against Ireland."