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Fiji hockey men wary of NZ Maoris

December 9, 2012 3:58 am

The Fiji hockey men’s team is taking one game at a time and despite their 7-nil opening win over Papua New Guinea today, they’re wary of their next match against the NZ Maoris.

Fiji head coach, Hector Smith Snr says the players will have to bring a lot more intensity to their second match of the Oceania Pacific Cup and World Series tomorrow.

“Honestly speaking I expected more, we didn’t convert a lot of things so that in itself was an opportunity that we let go, and towards the end we slowed down. Maybe there was no more pressure so it took the sting out of the game. No disrespect to our opponents but these boys were running hard and I told them before the game that if we have to run the two hours we will run the two hours.”

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Fiji men’s captain, Hector Smith Jnr says some areas need to be polished up on ahead of the NZ Maroi clash.

“Missed passes, first traps and shots at goal we need to have a better percentage with that so when we go into the circle we need to come out with more with a corner or even better a goal.”

The Fiji men play against NZ Maori at 4pm tomorrow – meanwhile, the Fiji women are currently taking on Papua New Guinea in their tournament opener.

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