Josh: Watch SAmoa

We need to get ev­ery lit­tle thing right for a com­plete per­for­mance, says Matavesi

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Goal­kick­ing Fam­ily af­fair Train­ing LEONE CABENATABU­A Edited by Naisa Koroi

Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fi­jians util­ity back Josh Matavesi is ex­pect­ing a physical en­counter against Manu Samoa in the fi­nal round of the Pa­cific Na­tions Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on Satur­day.

“I know the Samoans are not happy with the way they played against the United States so they should come out fir­ing,” he said.

Matavesi, who played first-five eight against Canada last Satur­day, said it was a chal­lenge for him.

“I’ve been play­ing at num­ber 12 for three years. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”

The Vanu­a­bal­avu na­tive and Aliv­ereti Veitokani worked on their goal­kick­ing yes­ter­day with as­sis­tant coach Neil Barnes af­ter the team com­pleted their train­ing ses­sion.

Af­ter the big 38-13 win over Canada, Matavesi said they still needed to work harder.

“It’s about keep­ing your fo­cus on the big pic­ture, which is the Rugby World Cup. For us it’s about do­ing the lit­tle things right and try­ing to put on that com­plete per­for­mance.” Matavesi high­lighted that he en­joyed their camp, es­pe­cially be­ing to­gether with his brother Sam.

“Our fam­ily have joined us and they are here to have a great fam­ily time,” he said. Head coach John McKee yes­ter­day di­vided the play­ers into three groups as they went through their train­ing sta­tions. Se­nior as­sis­tant coach Tabai Mat­son was also in­volved by tak­ing the play­ers through phases of play and im­prov­ing on their kick­ing skills.

Lead­ing the charge was cap­tain Do­miniko Waqaniburo­tu, as­sisted by se­nior play­ers like Leone Nakarawa, Cam­pese Ma’afu, Ben Volavola, Api Ratu­ni­yarawa and Vereniki Goneva.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Fiji Airways Fly­ing Fi­jians first-five eight Josh Matavesi (with ball) on at­tack against Canada while Jale Vatubua comes in for sup­port dur­ing the Pa­cific Na­tions Cup match on Au­gust 3, 2019, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. Fiji won 38-13.

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