Provincial teams still lack in defensive play despite improving on other areas this rugby session.
Reviewing the performance of the Fiji Rugby Union-sanctioned fifteens competition, National Academy programs manager Franck Boivert said local teams had made little progress this season.
"The weaknesses are mainly in the lines of defence, especially the chase lines and the realignment," Boivert said.
"There is a noted improvement in the scrums, I hope thanks to all the awareness work that was done.
"Line-outs are uneven from team to teams. And overall the game is no longer stereotyped like it used to be in a recent past but the ball control is still a concern as well as the kicking game."
Comparing the past season, Boivert said the games played this year had more open rugby.
"But unfortunately it is when the teams are under pressure to score that they engage in a positive rugby.
"Best examples were Suva and Naitasiri, they were very efficient when they were trying to play total open rugby with multiphase plays but they did it too sporadically and only when they were in a position where they had to score.
"Fijian teams like Nadroga must play an ambitious attacking rugby in order to maximise the great talent of the players."
Boivert said the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy, which is the final 15s event on the Fiji Rugby Union calendar, proved the toughest competition.
"The intensity is exceptional, the games very tight," he said of the Farebrother challenge.
Boivert added an elite competition with the teams who have a high performance environment was needed to improve the standard of rugby in the country.