21 Nov 2012

Sport: Nauru wrap up AFL series, keen for more

12:02 pm on 21 November 2012

The Nauru Chiefs have wrapped up the three-test AFL series against Fiji with a game to spare, although Tuesday night's encounter in Suva was a much closer affair.

After a 100 point margin in the opening match, the visitors were made to graft in game two, before coming out on top 75-35.

The Nauru team manager, John Tannang, says the Fiji team handled the conditions well and made them work hard.

"I think work on develop our strengths and look on some of the things we saw the Fijians are very good at, like their running, which came to the fore today again. They ran the ball very well and again their tackling so despite the big score in the first test we had some plan, we had something to look at and certainly kept us focused. Fiji came back today with what we were expecting."

John Tannang says this is the visitors first meaningful set of games since last year's International Cup so they'd be keen to make it more than a one-off.

With Fiji pioneering this invitation, hopefully we will come here again next year and then off to the International Cup. I think it will be a very good programme to keep us focused for the International Cup and build-up to the International Cup.

The third and final game of the series is on Friday.