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Cheika praises Fijian ruggers

Maciu Malo
Thursday, August 14, 2014

NSW Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika was stunned to witness the potential of Fijian rugby players during the Nadroga and Suva Skipper Cup semi-final last weekend.

The Super Rugby winning coach said there was an abundance of talented players in Fiji and all they needed was an opportunity to showcase their potential to secure them Super Rugby contracts.

Cheika, who returned to Australia on Monday, also named Nadroga fullback Meli Kurisaru as one of the players that stood out in that game.

"There are many good Fijian players and all they need is just a chance where they will have good future in Super Rugby," he said.

"Some of the players that stood out in the game were Nadroga's fullback Meli Kurisaru, prop Setefano Somoca, winger Aporosa Tabulawaki and Suva open side flanker Jolame Bera."

Cheika said the game was very entertaining and he was impressed with the performance shown by the Stallions.

"A very entertaining rugby, Nadroga showed that they were very powerful when they needed to."

"Great counter attacks, they were quick to attack at the turnovers, took quick taps as well as how they fasten the pace of the game.

"We just loved the crowd here at Lawaqa Park in Nadroga. Everyone showed that they enjoyed rugby and this is important for big matches.

"We need the crowd support to lift the morale of the teams and it was quite evident on Saturday.

"We are here for holidays and it was great to be able to watch the semi-final match.

"Nevertheless, there were a lot of great potentials shown."

Cheika said local players, however, needed to improve on the basics of the game.

"Like any other team in the world, it's always the basics that we need to get right to win a match," he added.

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