Fiji U20 to make amends in Oceania championship

THE Fiji under-20 team will try to bounce back into the 2017 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship against host Australia tomorrow.

The Salimoni Ravouvou-coached side lost to defending champion New Zealand on Friday in their first match of the championship.

Fiji captain Temo Mayanavanua said they would work on their mistakes before their second match.

“It had been a hard week for us,” he told Australia Rugby Union media unit.

“We were not expecting the result which we wanted against the New Zealand.

He also said the players were still trying to adapt to the level of competition.

“New Zealand set up the pace and we come from the high school boys and they were pretty new to the atmosphere and we have not played in the afternoon and that was the contributing factor,” he said.

“We have seen the weakness and we know Australia is home side and they would not want to lose on their home soil.”

Australia captain Reece Hewat after defeating Samoa 43-20 said their lineout and set piece were great and they would focus on the other areas to come out strong against Fiji.

“It was a very scrappy match and the weather did not play its part and there were a lot of things to take out of the win,” he said.

“We will work on the simple skills and how we can catch the pass and go forward and have structure.”

The match will kick off at 7pm (Fiji time).

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