13 Aug 2011

Sport: Fiji determined to atone for recent poor performane

10:14 am on 13 August 2011

The Flying Fijians captain, Deacon Manu, says the team is determined to atone for some recent poor performances in this afternoons first rugby test against Tonga in Lautoka.

Fiji were thrashed 45-21 by the Ikale Tahi in their Pacific Nations Cup clash last month.

Vinnie Wylie reports.

"The Fijian forward pack also struggled in their 60-14 defeat by New Zealand in Dunedin. Deacon Manu says with world cup places up for grabs there's plenty to play for and the team is determined to make amends."

We're fortunate that people are vying for positions - maybe years gone past that hasn't been the case so there's a lot of pressure on the guys starting to get a performance and get a really good start to the test series. The guys have been training really hard and working really hard, both individually and as a team, so physically we're really well prepared it's just making sure mentally we're strong.

Deacon Manu says people should also expect to see a much-improved scrum after the team put in a number of long hours with ex-Wallaby hooker Michael Foley.