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Qera: Fijians to produce the goods

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FLYING Fijians skipper Akapusi Qera is confident his troops will make the country proud in their PNC clash against Tonga on Saturday.

He said Tonga would be a hard nut to crack but he had faith that the would rise to the occasion for the people of Fiji.

The open side flanker said the physical rugby rivalry between the Pacific neighbours would inspire the Fijians to produce the goods.

"Tonga is always tough upfront and tough to play against but I have faith in the boys that they can play well and make the nation proud," said Qera.

"The boys are looking forward to the game and we are ready to give our best shot.

"We have played against Tonga in the final of the PNC and we know what to expect from them."

The France-based flanker said the training session yesterday was to iron out s weaknesses against Italy last week.

He said the forwards were focussed on improving their set pieces.

"We are working on some of our weaknesses and things look positive for the game against Tonga," said Qera.

"We need to be tough upfront knowing that Tonga is always tough to play against.

"They also have some quality players in their side."

Tonga will be led by its evergreen skipper and open side flanker Nili Latu. Other top players to watch this weekend are Leicester Tigers flanker Steve Mafi, Exeter Chiefs flyer Fetu'u Vainikolo and Worcester Warriors prop Ofa Fainga'anuku.

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