24 Sep 2007

Fiji rugby coach says poor discipline contributed to World Cup loss against Australia

10:21 am on 24 September 2007

Fiji rugby coach, Ilie Tabua, says his team must improve their discipline and defence as they prepare for their Pool B showdown against Wales next week, after the weekend loss to Australia by 55 points to 12.

Tabua says Fiji gave away a lot of penalties, especially in the lineout in Australia territory and in the scrum as well.

A second-string Fiji side mounted some stiff resistance to Australia in the first half in Montpellier, but surrendered territorial advantage by giving away a succession of penalties and gave their opponents too much room in the backs.

They did, however, manage to sore two tries.

One from winger, Isoa Neivua, and the second by flanker Aca Ratuva.

Tabua said he expected his players would be in for an even harder game against Wales.