1 Oct 2014

Sport: Fiji rugby schoolboys suffer big loss to NZ

12:01 pm on 1 October 2014

The Fiji secondary schools rugby team admit they must improve across the board after another heavy defeat.

The visitors were thumped 58-0 by New Zealand on Tuesday in their second match of the international series in Wellington.

The Fijians, who also conceded more than 50 points against Australia, had beaten New Zealand when the teams last met in Sydney 12 months ago but were no match for their opponents in Porirua, with the home side exploiting Fiji out wide to run in ten unanswered tries.

The President of the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union, Napolioni Silatolu, says they need to up their game.

"We know there's a lot of work that needs to be done. At this level we know New Zealand did learn a lot from last year, after their loss, so they must have done their homework and for us we still have work to do after today's match. Most of the scores were through the backline - they scored through the backline moves and I think that's one area [we need to improve]. We have fast boys with us but I think we need to work on our attack as well as on our defence."

Fiji will complete their tour against the New Zealand Barbarians schools team on Saturday, who beat Australia in the curtain-raiser.