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Keep ball in hand

Arin Kumar
Thursday, June 05, 2014

FORMER Wellington Lions coach Andre Bell believes the Vodafone Flying Fijians will need to keep the ball in hand to attack properly against Italy.

Bell has been working with the Fijian backline for the Test that will be played at the ANZ Stadium at 3.30pm on Saturday.

And he believes Fiji is capable of putting the Italians to the sword if it executes its attacking strategy properly.

"For attacking, we need to make sure our skill level is of high standard and we have good passing game," Bell said.

"We need to run hard and strong and have the ability to change angles and play at advantage line.

"But generally, for attacking, what you need is a good core level of skill and passing. So yeah, good catching and passing and we should be all right."

Bell previously worked with the Fiji Warriors for the Pacific Rugby Cup and said the experience with the main national team was a big challenge.

"It's difficult since they (players) are from all over the world. It's a challenge but the guys have jelled together very well.

"We have a lot of talent here (in the backline) and the key is to mould it all together.

"We have the top try scorers from France and the United Kingdom here and it's been very positive working with them all this week."

Bell said experienced players working together with the younger players could make things happen for the Flying Fijians.

"We have some experienced players like Sireli Bobo who has load of experience and then younger players like (Metuisela) Talebula and (Nemani) Nadolo who have been playing top level footy in France and the Super Rugby.

"They have loads of confidence and we need to jell the two (experience and confidence) together and then it's all going to get better from there."


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