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Fijians target victory in world cup qualifier

Maciu Malo
Saturday, June 28, 2014

PLAYING at the world cup has motivated the Flying Fijians to give their outmost best against the Cook Islands in the world cup qualifying rounds against the Cook Islands at Lautoka's Churchill Park this afternoon.

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee said players knew the importance of this game to the people of Fiji.

"The players are very motivated for this game, there is a lot of focus-they want to play in the world cup and they know the importance of this game," he said.

"As our captain earlier stated 'you play Tonga and Samoa every year but the world cup comes after every four years.

"Some players only get one chance to play in the world cup in their career so they do not want to let this chance pass them.

"For the players they need to stick to the game plan and play to our strength and hope we can do that well to get the results we want."

McKee said the boys had worked tirelessly on the mistakes committed against Samoa last weekend.

"We are taking some things from our previous game."

"I was disappointed we did not stick to our game plan — I thought we had the game plan to beat Samoa but we didn't implement it on the day.

"We almost played into their hands so we have changed the game plan as we do to suit different opposition.'

He said Cook Islands would be tough up front.

"We expect a tough forward battle."

"We have worked on our defence in and around the rucks that is where they will attack us.

"The boys are ready for the challenge and we will do our best for the country," he added.

The game kicks off at 3pm.