National coach John McKee has expressed gratefulness after the 47-18 win against Canada on Sunday (Monday morning Fiji Time) after a month of training in Fiji.
“Certainly we really needed that game today,” McKee said during the post-game conference with the media in England at the Stoop near Twickenham where Fiji plays the opening match against England on September 18.
“We had prepared well for this game,” McKee said.
He expressed satisfaction in some areas as well as concern in other areas after the month long break in Fiji after the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in North America.
He said the pressure created during the match and the game situations could not be replicated but was needed for the team to have a hit out and test themselves against real opposition.
Looking ahead to the match against England, he said a big task and a big challenge but had the self-belief that the team could do well.
“We need to be at our actual best to topple them but we are going to that game with the belief knowing that we can do well,” he said.
“But the good thing about sport and great thing about the players that we have that challenges brings out the best in people and the team that we have and the preparation we have had we will cause some upsets in this competition.”
He said England was one of the best teams in the competition and knew how to control the game and the team really needed to work on areas of the game that stood out against Canada.
“We need to have more patience, improve on field positioning” and be at the top of their game against the 2003 Rugby World Cup champion.
He said the pool that Fiji was in had three other teams in Australia, Wales and Uruguay and was taking the pool as a whole not on only the first match.
“It’s not about one game against England, this pool is about four games and there’s gonna be a lot of twists and turns and teams are gonna beat each other and it could be very tight in the end,” McKee said.