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Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MANU Samoa has indicated its forwards will be the main weapon when the side takes on the Vodafone Flying Fijians this Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The Samoans team, which was to have arrived into the country early this morning, faces a must win situation against the Fijians to remain in contention for the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title.

The David Lemi-skippered side started its June Test series with an 18-all draw against Tonga before beating Italy 15-0 in Apia over the weekend.

The Akapusi Qera-skippered Fiji team is riding high after two impressive wins over Italy 25-14 and Tonga 45-17 and a win against Samoa will be enough to retain the PNC title.

Samoan skipper Lemi credited his forwards for driving the team to victory against Italy last week.

"I think we said from the beginning of this week we will improve but I was a bit disappointed with how we handled the ball," Lemi told the Samoa Observer after the Italy match on Saturday.

"We missed out on some opportunities but hats off to the forwards who fought their way ahead."

The John McKee-coached Fiji improved tremendously in forwards play after a disappointing form against Italy a fortnight ago.

Against Tonga over the weekend, the Fiji forwards stood out and contributed significantly in the big win.

Meanwhile the national team fans have an opportunity to get up close with their stars today.

An initiative from the Fiji Rugby Union, which is first of its kind, will give Fiji rugby fans and the general public access to the team.

Fans will have open session photo and autograph opportunities with the team from 4pm at the ANZ Stadium.

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