10 Dec 2010

Pacific rivals ready for early test in George

11:12 am on 10 December 2010

Fiji are looking forward to an explosive match-up against long-time rivals and defending IRB Sevens champions Samoa in the second round of the World Series in South Africa.

Last week Iliesa Tanivula's side were knocked out by Samoa in the Cup semi finals and the two teams will square off again later tonight in pool play.

George holds good memories for Fiji, who've won their last five clashes over the world series champions at the tournament.

Fiji captain Emosi Vucago says the players have been working hard in training to cut down on basic errors.

He says it's always a tough game against Samoa and the rivalry just adds to it.

"There's many experienced player in Samoa - there's only one or two new players. That's why we are working hard this weekend because only our mistakes made them the opportunity to score and this weekend we are going to prove to them that we can do better."

Samoa coach Stephen Betham says he's also anticipating a fierce contest.

Island rivalry's always there. Everytime we play Fijians it's always like an older brother against younger brother match - it's always physical. There's no love-lost between the two countries and I'm sure it wont be any different this weekend.

Fiji and Samoa will also play Namibia and the United States in Pool B.