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Warriors back in the hunt

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

THE Telecom Fiji Warriors team reviewed its performance against Western Force A yesterday ahead of its match against the Waratahs A under-20 side on Friday.

The Lance Whippy-coached side defeated Force A 36-24 in Pacific Rugby Cup competition at the Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on Monday.

Savenaca Rawaca, Vilitati Sokiveta, Sitiveni Kunaga, Ulaiasi Lawavou and Aminiasi Nava scored a try each in the win.

Fly-half Jiuta Lutumailagi kicked one penalty, one drop goal and four conversions.

Team manager Joseph Browne said the players have left the win behind and were focused on the remaining matches in the competition.

"The performance (against Force A) was much more cohesive than last week's game against the Reds.

"We are still very much in the running and will not let today's (Monday) win get to our heads.

"The boys are focused. No alcohol."

Force A head coach Dwayne Nestor said his side was disappointed to see its unbeaten run come to an end after beating Queensland A (29-23) and Junior Japan (61-6) in the early rounds of the competition.

"We played some very good rugby in the first-half today," he told

"We put them under pressure, we had the bulk of the territory and I believe we were unlucky to go in trailing at half-time.

"Unfortunately, in the second-half we weren't accurate with our execution, we made too many easy mistakes and we allowed them to dominate the contact area and from there we were playing catch-up."

The Warriors will play Waratahs A U20 side on Friday before taking on Junior Japan on March 18.

The Rupeni Nasiga-skippered side will then face new inclusion Argentina Pampas XV on March 23 in Sydney.

Fiji Warriors (against

Force A)

1. Peni Ravai, 2. Seremaia Naureure, 3. Leroy Atalifo, 4. Manoa Tamaya, 5. Rupeni Nasiga (C), 6. Filimoni Koroi, 7. Aminiasi Nava, 8. Nemani Nagusa, 9. Jock Liuta, 10. Jiuta Lutumailagi, 11. Vilitati Sokiveta, 12. Senivalati Ramuwai, 13. Vilive Aria, 14. Sitiveni Kunaga, 15. Nemani Matirewa

Reserves: 16. Manasa Tuidraki, 17. Apisai Vatubuli, 18. Jo Dakuitoga, 19. Alipate Mataivelia, 20. Ulaiasi Lawavou, 21. Ratu Naisa Vatuinaruku, 22. Jovesa Kunawave, 23. Savenaca Rawaca.

Force A

1. Francois van Wyk, 2. Robbie Abel, 3. Salesi Manu, 4. Rory Walton, 5. Phoenix Battye, 6. Corey Thomas, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Ross Haylett-Petty, 9. Ryan Louwrens, 10. Dillyn Leyds, 11. Ed Stubbs, 12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison (c), 13. Dane Haylett-Petty 14. Dylan Sage, 15. Patrick Dellit. Res: 16. Harry Scoble, 17. Joe Savage, 18. Chris Heiberg, 19. Oscar Backhouse, 20. Adrian Hall, 21. Angus Taylor, 22. Va'a Mailei, 23. Brad Lacey.

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