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Stats talk for Flying Fijians

November 11, 2012 5:57 pm

Keeping up in the second spell is what the Flying Fijians are going to have to work on ahead of their three remaining Northern Tour matches.

Fiji is left to face Gloucester, Ireland A and Georgia.

Official game statistics shows their 12-54 loss to England yesterday came down to committing more mistakes then the hosts.

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The Flying Fijians were on the back-foot in the second half, recording 130 tackles – 55 more than England.

Of this total they missed 16 crucial tackles where England raked in seven tries.

Only one line break came from both teams, England however, gained 72 percent more territory than Fiji.

The Flying Fijians conceded 20 penalties compared to England’s nine and were also outnumbered in line-outs won.

The Flying Fijians face Gloucester on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Flying Fijians coach Inoke Male has laid some of the blame from
his side’s record loss to England on European clubs.

According to AAP Male accused European clubs of weakening his side by making them unavailable for national duties.

Allegations have been made that European clubs were, contrary to IRB regulations, refusing to release players to the tour party.

With the FRU’s formal complaint to the French Rugby Federation about Racing-Metro lock Jone Qovu withdrawing from their squad, they’ve responded by banning Qovu from playing for Racing until December 4 which covers Fiji’s European tour.

Male believes if such players were available, a better game would have been given against England.

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