Qera wants a victory
7 July, 2017, 12:00 am
CAPTAIN Akapusi Qera wants his team to put smiles on the faces of all Fijians when the dust settles at Teufaiva Park tomorrow.
Qera, who has won more than 40 caps for the country, has been shouldered a huge responsibility of leading the Vodafone Flying Fijians in their do or die game against the Ikale Tahi for the Pacific Nations Cup which also serves as a world cup qualiying round for the Oceania.
The 33-year-old France-based flanker said the aim for this weekend was to win against their Pacific rivals and to secure a spot in the Rugby World Cup.
He said the players were aware of the huge obstacles ahead of them.
“It’s a one off game Tonga also wanted to qualify to the world cup as well especially after the win to Samoa last week,” said Qera.
“It is a good stage for them to play us but I believe in the team that has been announced that we can put the smiles on the people of Fiji when we come back.
“We know what the island teams are capable of doing and we know Tonga always put a big challenge on the forward pack.”
He said this would be their first physical game this season and they looked forward to the challenge,
Qera said the real test would be in the forwards and his troops were ready for the big encounter.
“I guess this will be the physical game we will come across this June we are looking forward to it.
“Of course the forwards are looking forward to it and so the whole team come Saturday and we are ready to roll.”
He said the 28 selected players had been working on improving few basic mistakes committed against Italy and Scotland in their past games.
“It’s a good mixture of new and experienced players and with this group of players we are keen to work hard and keen to build an environment- a winning culture that everyone wants to be in -moving forward.”
“I want to thank the people of Fiji and the supporters and the boys are eager to keep on the smiles on their faces,” he added.
The game kicks off at 3pm.