Fiji advance to World Cup semis and look forward to running out at Wembley

Akuila Uate

Fiji will take the win over Samoa to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup but the chance to run out at Wembley is something they are all looking forward to.

After a strong showing against Samoa that saw them win 22-4, Fiji and especially Fijian captain Petero Civoniceva, are relishing the opportunity to run out at Wembley and play there.

“It was something we didn’t talk about because all our focus and preparation was on this game but we can talk about Wembley now,” said Civoniceva.

“It’s great feeling to know that potentially my last game will be played at (one of) two amazing venues.

“I feel I’ve been very blessed. I started this rugby league ride in 1998 and to be still here, I feel very proud of that.

“I’m really looking forward to enjoying the week, taking it all in with my team-mates.”

At the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, the Fijians were far too good and led 12-0 before Samoa got on the scoresheet, with their forwards laying the platform and wingers Akuila Uate and Marika Koroibete excelling.

Although there is room to improve, Fijian coach Rick Stone was pleased with the efforts of all his players, especially with the experienced NRL players and how they stood out.

“We didn’t play perfectly in every aspect of the game but to only let in one try was a massive boost for us,” Fiji coach Rick Stone said. “I’m really proud of the boys.

“All our experienced NRL players stood up for us today.”

There were no excuses from Samoan coach Matt Parish, who admits that Fiji were the better side and that his side was outplayed.

“We didn’t play that well but overall I’m happy with the tournament,” said Parish.

“Unfortunately we came up against a better team on the day but personally, it has been one of the best five weeks of my life.”

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