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Fiji team must improve discipline

Maciu Malo
Sunday, January 26, 2014

FIJI needs to improve its discipline if it wants to bounce back with a win against the in-form All Blacks 7s team in their do-or-die Las Vegas 7s final pool game this morning.

This is according to fitness guru and former national 7s manager Epeli Lagiloa after the Osea Kolinisau-coached team suffered an upset 21-22 loss against Australia in their pool game yesterday.

Lagiloa said Fiji had the best players that could win the main title but without discipline the players would not progress through to the main cup quarterfinals.

He said it was obvious to see the number of penalties conceded by the Fijians.

"The referee might have his own interpretation of the law especially in ruck areas resulting to the high penalties count," the former Lautoka mentor said.

"But the boys should be smart and refrain from conceding unnecessary penalties as shown in the match against Australia.

"There is a need for the boys to improve on their discipline and I hope the coach will address the issue before the game against New Zealand."

Lagiloa said the boys were overconfident after leading 14-0 at one stage of the game.

"Maybe the players were overconfident," he said.

"Australia cannot be written off and they showed their capabilities in the later stages of the game.

"The boys must lift their game against New Zealand in their last pool game.

"Most importantly discipline is the key factor for any team to win the game," he added.

Fiji was leading 22-19 at fulltime before Benito Masilevu was penalised for throwing the ball into touch which was capitalised by Australia.

The Fijians conceded more than eight penalties during the game and at one stage were s playing with only six players after Semi Kunatani was sinbinned by referee Rasta Rasavange.

Fiji must beat New Zealand to qualify for the main quarter-final.

The side earlier thumped Scotland 24-0 in their first pool game before being humbled by the Aussies.

The Fiji- New Zealand game kicks off at 9.50am.

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