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Focus on Manu Samoa

Maciu Malo
Monday, June 16, 2014

THE Flying Fijians have re-set their focus as they prepare for another titanic battle against arch rival Samoa in their final Pacific Nations Cup encounter to be held in Suva on Saturday.

High from their huge 45-17 win over Tonga, the Akapusi Qera-captained team is bracing for another physical battle against their Pacific neighbour this weekend.

Head coach John McKee said his troops had survived a physical battle against Tonga and looked forward to another brutal encounter against Samoa.

"The focus now is Samoa," he said.

"We had a very physical game today and we expect another tough game next week in Suva.

"Our boys will have to recover well before facing Samoa."

Elated with two wins in the bag since taking over the coaching reign, McKee commended the class and combination of his players.

He, however, believed there were still room for improvement.

"I am very happy with our attacking play we showed our class with our speed and willingness to shift the ball wide.

"On the other side of the coin we had a little bit of trouble clearing our half. I think playing into our wind affected our kicking.

"Our scrimmaging has improved from the game against Italy and we will try and improve our weaknesses during the week.

"The scrums is an on-going issue as you see we were penalised a number of times and we will try and become better and better in every game."

Skipper Akapusi Qera agreed that the game against Samoa would be tough.

He has high hopes in his troops to maintain their unbeaten run this season.

"We will first celebrate the win before we set our focus on another physical battle against Samoa next week," said Qera.

"The boys have proven their worth against Tonga and we will do our best against Samoa."

Fiji needs to beat Samoa to successfully defend the PNC.








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