VODAFONE Flying Fijian captain Akapusi Qera praised his players for playing their hearts out for their country in their 25-14 win over Italy yesterday.
He said the players didn't lose hope even though they were down by 5-7 at halftime and came back strongly to finish the game on a positive note in the second half.
"Firstly, I would like to thank God for giving us the strength to play and also thank the players for their hard work in attack and defence today (yesterday)."
"I thank the families and friends of the players and the team coaching and management staff for their support and to the people of Fiji for backing us all the way to the end.
"But, it's not over yet, we have three more games remaining all at home and we would need the same support."
Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys said the Fijians played better on the day in all aspects of the game.
"My first game on tour as captain and not a good start we lost but all credit to Fiji. They played really well in defence and attack and took the ball out wide very fast," he said.
"We can't win on scrums alone and Fiji really played well in all areas of the game."