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Powerful performance

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

THE Flying Fijians management commended the effort of the national players against the Barbarians despite the 19-43 loss in Twickenham.

The Fiji and Barbarians match which was part of the Fiji Rugby Union's centennial celebration was held on Sunday.

National team manager Joseph Browne said the players gave their best.

Fiji's performance also heaved praise from Barbarians coach Steven Hansen who was impressed with the Fijians attacking rugby.

"The battle is now over and we are left licking our wounds.

"We gave it our best shot but we fell short," Browne told

"Defeated but not disgraced. The new boys stepped up to the mark and raised their hands.

"When given the opportunity they were tenacious in defence and had the mongrel dog in them in offence. What more can one ask for?"

Coach Inoke Male couldn't field his best side following the departure of some key Europe-based players after Fiji's Northern tour Test matches.

The Akapusi Qera-skippered side defeated Portugal and Romania 36-13 and 26-7, respectively, and lost to Italy 31-37 during the tour.

Browne said the team did not need to apologise to anyone for the loss because the players played their hearts out despite the drawbacks.

The team is supposed to arrive in Nadi this afternoon.