Play it to our strengths

Image Credit: Photo by Fiji Rugby

10 days out from our WRWC opener against World No.1 ranked England , Fijiana are working overtime to get some cohesion and confidence in their set pieces.

Against a formidable opponent with a 25 game winning streak dating back from 2019 and a squad with a captain on her 3rd world cup with 135 caps ,10 players with over 50 caps , Fijiana will face an uphill battle .

Superior in ranking , resources and personnel , the English will look to flex their muscle in their opener against Fijiana.

Fijiana Team photo. Credit Fiji Rugby

Preparations

Set pieces is not something fine tuned overnight, especially at scrummaging. It will be an area worked on post RWC . For the time being they will have to work out a way to funnel their feed out quickly to utilise possession. Losing your own scrum is demoralizing and players lose confidence. So if the they can retrieve their feed, it’s a confidence booster .

Fijiana will need to go back to playing their strengths and what won them their maiden Super W title. High octane rugby, high risk, high reward up tempo game which may unsettle the English. However, execution decision making will be the key.

Team Fijiana have some match winners and a lot of their go forward upfront will come from Vika Matarugu, Sereima Leweniqila and new sensation Asinate Serevi.

The tempo of their game will be entrusted to Merewalesi Rokouono and the attacking genius of Roela Radiniyavuni. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula’s introduction of several Fijiana 7s specialists will suit the game he intends to play and open up the wider channels .

Fijiana preparations before the World Cup. Credit Pitas Picture

RWC Chances

Given our pool with world No.1 & 4 England & France, Fijiana will target South Africa and hope to get a decent result to give them a strong chance of progressing to a play off stage.

With only three pools and quarter finals played in this World Cup, the top two teams from each pool and the 2 best third placed teams progress to the quarters .

If they can make the quarter finals, it is a big statement given they are the lowest ranked team participating at Rugby World Cup . Making the quarters as 7th or 8th placed team would see them meeting either England again or New Zealand .

Best Likely Team

1.Joma Rubuti
2.Vika Matarugu
3.Kara Naisewa
4.Asinate Serevi
5.Sulita Naisega
6.Rusila Nagasau
7.Ema Adivitaloga
8.Sereima Leweniqila (Capt)
9.Lavena Cavuru
10.Merewalesi Rokouono
11.Vitalina Naikore
12.Sesenieli Donu
13.Talei Wilson
14.Alowesi Nakoci
15.Roela Radiniyavuni

RESERVES

16.Jiowana Sauto
17.Bitila Tawake
18.Iris Verebalavu
19.Merevesi Ofakimaliono
20. Raijeli Daveua
21.Anna Maria Roqica
22. Kolora Lomani
23.Raijieli Laqeretabua

Originally posted in the Fijian Rugby Players Forum Facebook Group

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