Free-flowing rugby

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Despite the loss to the Wallabies, our Flying Fijians put up a spectacular fight away from home.
Halfback Henry Seniloli (left) trains with the Vodafone Flying Fijians 
during a training session at Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Picture: RAMA
Halfback Henry Seniloli (left) trains with the Vodafone Flying Fijians during a training session at Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Picture: RAMA

Lack of time and game preparation would have been the result of this loss. There were moments when Fiji took the crowd by storm and our boys showed flashes of brilliance in attack, resulting in two wonderful tries. The style of our passing was a beauty and had we been a little more accurate, more tries would have been scored. But rush play and lack of communication spoiled our chances of penetrating the opposition try line. The Wallabies were clinical as they executed their set moves and game plan and defended well. The experienced Wallabies outfit was too much for our warriors.

I appreciate the effort of the forwards coaches as there was an improvement in our lineouts and scrum. Just a little bit of cohesion and structure and we should be there come the next RWC. The new boys made an impact and the likes of Ravai, Nakarawa, Goneva, Nagusa and Matawalu sparked flames in our attack. With the inclusion of Botia, Tuisova and Yato against Italy, Fiji will be a fire power. McKee is doing the hard yards and he needs our support. I am looking forward to the Test matches against Italy and Scotland at home and I have a feeling that our boys are going to pull an upset. Thank you very much team Fiji for the beautiful and exciting match against Australia.

The British and Irish Lions ended the Crusaders unbeaten run with a sloppy win. I had high hopes that the Crusaders were going to flex their muscles against the visitors after that inspirational haka. I guess it wasn't our night as the Lions' defence was tough to tear apart. Better luck next time Crusaders! At home, the Skipper Cup is producing exceptional results.

The fight for top spot hangs in the balance as the Highlanders and Stallions battle it out. The secondary schools rugby competition is also bringing out the best from the young players.

As I conclude, I congratulate Nanise Rainima for being crowned Miss World Fiji. All the best Nanise for the 67th Miss World in November in China!

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