8 Nov 2012

Sport: Free-flowing rugby expected in Fiji Women's clash

11:48 am on 8 November 2012

The coach of the New Zealand Samoan Women's team is expecting a free-flowing encounter in Thursday's match against the Fiji national team at Buckhurst Park.

The NZ Samoans opened their two-game tour with a win over the Fiji Development team at the weekend.

The second match will be the first time the Fijiana team has taken the field in six years and New Zealand Samoans coach Nick Bakulich says he has no doubt the home side will be up for the occasion.

He says it's important they stick to their gameplan and don't try and go toe to toe with the Fijians.

"There's a lot of free flowing rugby - you know the ball is being thrown around alot - as opposed to the New Zealand Samoans where there is a bit more structure, focus on the set pieces, lineout, backline moves, probably a bit more precise in those areas. The experience that we've got up front allows us, at different period of the game, just relax and look at tightening the game up as opposed to falling into that trap of just throwing the ball around freestyle like the Fijians do."