23 Jul 2011

Sport: Fiji take heart from strong second half despite loss to All Blacks

7:09 am on 23 July 2011

The Flying Fijians are taking some heart from a strong second half showing; despite ending last nights test against the All Blacks on the wrong end of a 60-14 hiding.

The All Blacks scored eight tries to two in Dunedin, including one penalty try, as ill discipline and a retreating scrum made it difficult for Fiji to gain any decent possession.

But after entering the half time sheds 32-0 down the visitors came out firing in the second half, holding the home side scoreless for 23 minutes and scoring two tries of their own.

Halfback Nemia Serelevu scored the first of Fiji's tries and says a rev-up from the coaches at half time paid dividends.


To move the ball very quickly and make sure that we run the lines and be confident, confident and believe in ourselves that we can do it so i really thank the boys for what they did in the first twenty minutes. We moved the ball, we attacked them well so it's good.

Nemia Serelevu says the intensity and quality of the All Blacks was much higher than anything the team experienced during the Pacific Nations Cup and hopefully it will help them when they play Tonga next month.