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Wrong options

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, March 03, 2014

WRONG options cost the Telecom Fiji Warriors side its opening Pacific Rugby Cup competition match against the Reds A at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane, Australia last night.

The Rupeni Nasiga-skippered side succumbed to the hosts 19-22 in a close encounter.

Team manager Joseph Browne told Times Sports that the team made some wrong decisions in the match.

"The team played well, the match was a very close one but we made a lot of mistakes on the field that cost us the game," Browne said.

"The team made some wrong decisions in running the ball and passes. There were a lot of 50-50 passes.

"We have lost a battle but the war is not over yet. We are now focusing on our second match against Force A."

Browne said the players would undergo a recovery session today before coach Lance Whippy started preparations for the team's second pool match.

"The main weakness in the team is decision-making and we will be working on that in the lead-up to our second match."

Reds A fullback Jamie-Jerry Taulagi scored the opening try of the match to give his side the 5-0 lead at the break.

The national side bounced back in early second spell from Waisea Luveniyali's try to lead 7-5 but Reds A regained the lead through a Rod Davies try.

Warriors centre Savenaca Rawaca crossed the line for a 12-10 lead before Tim Buchanan put Reds A back in front 15-12.

Replacement Nigel Ah Wong extended Reds A lead to 22-12 before Warriors winger Vilitati Sokiveta scored to cushion the deficit to 19-22.

Fiji's chance of a late comeback was dashed when flanker Aminiasi Nava was sinbinned with three minutes left on the clock.

Reds A held on to win the match 22-19 and take the lead in Pool A alongside Force A, which earlier defeated Reds A 29-23.

The Fiji Warriors will take on Force A on Monday next week.


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