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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fiji manager denies players unhappy as calls pick up for more Deacon Manu Moolo grunt

The manager of the Flying Fjians, Pio Bosco Tikoisuva, has denied players are unhappy saying it's a case of them not playing the game plans that were set out for them. The 1999 Rugby World Cup coach for Fiji and former All Black, Brad Johnstone, suggested yesterday some players are unhappy and there is indecision in the coaching camp. Johnstone watched Fiji's 7-27 loss to Samoa on Sunday and spoke to players after the game, later saying some were unhappy. But Tikoisuva says he's spoken to the players and they have told him nothing is wrong. He also confirmed the players will be paid $30,000 each.

Meanwhile JONE BALEDROKADROKA was one of the disappointed fans whose urging team captain Deacon Manu to fire for Sunday's game against Wales.
What was touted to be a cracker of a game between the two great Pacific Island neighbours turned out to be a white wash in the end - if you were a Fiji fan.

More than 10,000 Fiji fans are estimated to have been waving flags or dressed to show their pride in a team and a nation renowned for its open free spirited rugby. In fact, the Police Brass Band display along Eden Park's railway station drew more applause from fans than the Flying Fijian team's dismal performance.
During the game the TV camera zoomed in on All Blacks greats Bryan Williams and Michael Jones in the VIP stand to the roar of the 60,000 crowd. The two Samoan sporting heroes had played and scored some of the best goals for the All Blacks. Fiji’s All Blacks winger Jo Rokocoko and AmasioValence Raoma, the ace New Zealand sevens player, were also in the crowd in this Polynesian sporting extravaganza. We were all set for the rumble.

As the game progressed it became evident our boys were being outgunned by a team that was once only good enough to play our minor unions in fifteens when it toured Fiji in the 1970s.
We were thoroughly beaten in all facets of the game and in the last quarter even die hard Fiji fans had had enough and wanted the game to end quickly before more humiliation. Plain and simple, it was an amateur team performance against a professional Samoan side with spirit.

At half time sitting in the cold and drizzling rain, I reminisced back to the first international game I watched at Eden Park.

It was the All Blacks vs. Scotland back in 1975 in a driving rain storm. As a schoolboy in the temporary seating next to the sideline, I watched a perfect wet weather rugby display by the All Blacks on ‘Lake Eden’.

Bee Gee had scored a memorial try that soggy day by his sheer power and brilliant side step. A precusor to the trade mark big burly Polynesian and Fijian wingers of New Zealand and world rugby.

Against the Samoans, we had the outside backs but our backline looked pedestrian in attack because of a lack of a class Number  9 and 10 combination.

Our boys from the first whistle did not adapt to the slippery conditions like the Samoans did, hence the poor skills and penalties. Watching their warm up prior to the game, they did not include any slippery/wet weather individual or collective drills. This became evident in the first 20 minutes of play as our boys looked sluggish to a well-drilled Samoan pack.

I had also watched an international match on Eden Park on one of the very few times the All Blacks had lost on home soil.

It was in 1978 where Wallaby flanker Greg Cornelsen scored four phenomenal tries that sent the rugby crazed nation into deep depression that day.The Wallaby flanker had a flair for doing unorthodox things which I believe is still the x-factor of Fijian rugby.  I thought to myself this quality was missing. Robbie Deans has Radike Samo in his team because of this factor.

The All Blacks former winger, Jo Rokocoko, served yagona as we sat trying to make sense of a dismal performance at the after match fundraiser at the Auckland Blues Club House at Carrington. Looking over to Amasio’s corner where he was deep in a ‘team talk huddle’I rued for someone of his calibre for generalship of the game which was badly lacking.

Smokin’ Jo had his face painted with the Vuni Niu logo of Fiji and even wore a Fiji jersey to show his patriotism. (Don’t tell the Kiwis!). He sat contemplatively smiling as he taloed the yagona. ‘Talanoa about your French contract Jo’ someone piped up. ‘Io Vinaka cake then talk about the rubbish game’ said another.

‘The backline phases attack don’t have embedded second man play formation and stand too deep and wide like Levula’s time’ offered  smokin' Jo. Definitely this is a valid point I thought having sat and watched our boys caught on the horns of a dilemma wanting to play the structured and unstructured simultaneously.

‘Io man truez- up that formation is old fashioned’, said Cat Railoa, the former Fiji Army flanker.

Ex-Fiji rep Tevita Vonolagi rang all the way from Perth to register his disgust of the loss that night as the bitter kava flowed.
‘The modern game’s offensive patterns revolves in creating the doubt in your opponents as to which defensive lines to adopt. This we did not do and hence they read our attack every time. Hence we resorted to a crash-it-up tactics in despair,’explained Tevita, once feared for his spot tackles.

Against Wales this weekend we must restore our pride as a rugby playing nation by playing the semi-structured game. Trying to play both games  led to such a lukewarm performance against Samoa. And the scrums? Against Wales, Deacon Manu will need to instill a bit of his old Mooloo grunt in his front row  to win at Hamilton. 



Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

All well and good to reminisce about the good 'ol days when the going was good and life was bliss...

But there are far more important and pressing issues to focus on and address in Fiji, if the country is to regain any level of respect and her fallen pride, whether it be on the rugby field or elsewhere.

Viti Noqu Viti said...

Pio Bosco why denying a fact...It was obvious that the players are unhappy,..,iko o vakaoso waqavuka mai..vavei mo wale mada..

Nz Kaiviti

Viti Noqu Viti said...

Pio Bosco stop denying the fact that the plyers were unhappy..It was too obvious..you should ask yourself why youre here..iko vakaoso waqavuka mai..Im not suprise if you are over ruling the Head coach decision..

Viti Noqu Viti said...

We came to Eden Park on Sunday,,,expecting a good rugby showdow and exploding backline from the Flying Fijian.. But it was the total opposite,, The boys seems unhappy and disappointed..

We are looking forward to this weekends game against Wales. Put your heads up Fiji and fly that flag once more. Put your differences aside and think of your supporters your family..

Anonymous said...

Create the environment to produce the champions.


When a team loses for psychological reasons like not being happy or not being patriotic or not having a fighting spirit, this is a failure of nothing else but the coach.

We need a coach who can give a real speech to his men before the game that will fire them up and motivate them to soli bula on the field.

And the same at halftime... no FIRE seen after the boys returned to the field.

It's not the coaches fault that for the last 10yrs there has not been a proper local development plan for FORWARDS, so Fiji can never win against a tier one nation with our current bunch of forwards. BUT, what any coach should be able to do is motivate his boys to give their all... even if lose, GIVE THEIR ALL and FIGHT TO THE DEATH.

Anonymous said...

isa - what happened to the fight for democracy jone???

Anonymous said...

Cut the bullshit people - The Fiji team tamata lamusona kece of the Samoan tackles.

Vutusona ga vatakei nomudou liuliu - boci Voreqe vakatei nona Mataivalu ni Solisona.

Samoa kemodou na Tagane - Timi ni Fiji tamata boci kece, Kaisi bokola.

Anonymous said...

Stick to your day job, Jone, you ain't no rugby writer

Anonymous said...

The government gave $3m to FRU(was it really given?) and Pio is saying here that each player will be paid $30k.....and officials? Will this be taxed? If it will be, how much will they be charged....which will go back to Govt? If not why should it not be taxed just like any other worker's earning?....So did we not pay the boys well????...wananavu!!!!!

Ratu Sai said...

Anon 2:51

This is a different J Baledrokadroka; he is the legal officer with FRU

Anonymous said...

pio how many official is with fiji team.
i guess 19 and all blacks got 8 officials.
this is party trip for the 19 fru officials.
better this money was given to the players.
go fiji.go.

Anonymous said...

.....what game was the writer at....it stopped raining before the game started....no drizzling rain at half time!!

Kai Viti Dina said...

Bosco is just trying to hide facts,liumuri levu just to justify his paypacket - $30,000 for the boys and $300,000 for him tax free.His planning to RUN away to NZ after RWC.Watch it come.

Anonymous said...

It is the people like Pio Bosco who comes with the old reputation of FRU. He shouldnt been thir with the team. He doesnt even know that some Fijians can tell u im ok but in fact they are not. Your are so blind and do not understand the Fijian psyhe. Brad understood it well. Its either Bosco is too ignorant or he is just too cunning by shoving it down the carpet.Their a more capable young managers in Fiji today. WHY BRING BOSCO WHEN HE SHOULD ENJOY HIS RETIREMENT?

Vanua. said...

Viti ever wants a template of whats required to mix it in this company suggest watch (study) replay manu Samoa V Springboks.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why everyone is Whinging at the Fiji Team or its managements. The sole blame should be pointed at all of us! WHY? You may ask. Lack of International exposure due to being banned, Why? Due to Frank and Why is Frank still there? It's because of all the Fiji Citizens letting him stay in that position. Don't point the fingers at the Team but point it directly at yourselves/ourselves. We are all collectively blamed!! So stop pointing your fingers at the Team and do something about it, before the next World Cup. Vinaka. GOD BLESS FIJI AND NOT BAINIVUAKA!!

Savasava said...

saki kecega - vakaleqaleqa tale oira na kai Viti era sa drotaka na noda vanua...baledrokadroka, ului etc..etc

Ni kakua ni vosa ena dua na ka me baleti Viti..