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Fiji team to beat

Paulini Ratulailai
Friday, March 09, 2018

SAMOAN captain Henry Stowers said Fiji would be the team to beat in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge round one at the ANZ Stadium today.

Stowers says he is looking forward to playing his first match against Fiji.

"Fiji has what it takes to win this since they are the defending champions and it is not going to be an easy ride," he said.

"They (Fiji) come with off-load techniques they have the size and they will bring an aggressive mindset to the game showing counterattacks and open plays.

"They have the speed which will add boost to the side having players who've played at international level.

"With their dangerous tackles we will be looking out for that."

The 23-year-old who captained the Samoan U20s side in 2014 and went on to represent New Zealand at U20s level having played most of his youth rugby in Wellington and has been sensational.

He plays open side and blindside flanker and made his senior debut for Wellington in 2014 and stayed with side until the start of the 2016 campaign when he joined Bay of Plenty.

"We've prepared well for the past two weeks even though there wasn't much time but the focus is sticking to the game plan and try to keep it tight.

"Given that this year has a new format it has given a chance to our young players to expose their talents and feel how it is like to play internationally.

"This is a chance for them to learn and grow."

Samoa will take on Fiji Warriors at 5pm.

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