Improvement – Seruvakula says more work needed for Fijiana

Kolora Lomani gets ready to set up a backline move during the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team training session before their captains run at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Less than two weeks out from Fiji’s debut at the women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand against world No.1 England, the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team has its work cut out already.

While there were a lot of positives taken from its 7-24 loss to world No 3 Canada on Friday, coach Senirusi Seruvakula said improvements were needed for Fiji to match top-ranked teams.

“There is a lot of learning for our girls,” Seruvakula said.

“This was their first biggest Test. Now they realise how Test matches are played and it’s going to get harder when we play England in our first game at the Rugby World Cup.

“I am very proud of the girls because of the way they played.

“They have lifted the standard of women’s rugby in Fiji. There are a lot of positives from here.” He said the team would go back to the drawing board and work on rectifying its mistakes.

“We have to go back and review our game and learn from that.

“We can’t afford to be giving away penalties in Test rugby and also at our set pieces. We have to be fighting at all times. During scrums and lineouts, we have to play to the last whistle.”

Infringements at set pieces are a concern for Seruvakula. While the scrums held in the first spell, it seemed to lose its power in the second. Canada dominated with their rolling mauls.

“We need to improve on the scrums. We need to hold the scrum for at least 30 seconds. “They (Canada) had a big forward pack and the English side will have a similar one. ”

We need to have our discipline during scrums and lineouts. We have to clean our set plays and maintain the ball.

“If we don’t have the ball, we won’t be able to do anything on the field.” Decision-making is also a concern for the Fijiana side.

“There were a lot of wrong decisions made, especially when we were defending our half.

“We have to come out from there and try and play in their half. We have to consider the weather as well so we have to go back and play our own style of rugby.”

The Fijiana side makes their Rugby World Cup debut against England on October 8 at Eden Park in New Zealand. The match kicks off at 4.45pm.

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