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Bati shifts focus

Elenoa Baselala
Monday, October 30, 2017

VODAFONE Fiji Bati captain Kevin Naiqama has confirmed that Fiji needs to work on its defence in its second game against Wales.

Fiji cruised to a 58-12 victory over USA in its first match in the Rugby League World Cup in Townsville on Saturday.

"Complacency never creeped into our camp but we need to improve on our defence. In the second half, we dropped off a little bit though it did not show on the score board," Naiqama said.

Fiji scored 11 tries to USA's two in front of a crowd of more than 5000.

Coach Mick Potter shared the same sentiments saying Fiji was disciplined and played well in the first half.

"In the second half, we got a little bit loose and they brought a little bit of pressure on us, they turned a little bit more competitive, I think in the second half they were a bit better. We dropped away in terms of ball control.

"I think the boys were really keen on starting well regardless of who the opposition was. I think they were very good. Our boys were pretty keen on starting well, I thought they kept the plan simple, they executed well."

Potter also heaped praises on Jarryd Hayne saying he performed an excellent game in the five eighth position.

"Jarryd Hayne was excellent, our chase was on song. Our players did really well."

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