THE standard of rugby around the country is improving, according to an analysis of the 2013 season.
After the conclusion of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge match between Nadroga and Tailevu over the weekend which marked the end of the 2013 season, Fiji Rugby Union National Academy manager Franck Boivert said Fijian rugby had taken a step forward.
However, he says it has yet to reach its maximum potential. He said he had seen improvement on certain aspects of the game this season. "We are heading into the right direction," Boivert said. "Players are offloading and are improving on their individual skills but there are only a few things which the FRU, coaches and players should work on, especially in defence."
He said if Fiji needed to be competitive at international level, the line of defence should be familiarised to players before the next season. "Our line of defence, the chasing line, is not at professional and international standard. The re-positioning in defence is not up to par at provincial level. These are some of the things that we need to work on."
Boivert said Fiji's provincial rugby champion Nadroga struggled to be disciplined in defence during its Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy match against Tailevu.