‘Humbling experience’ after heavy loss: Coach

first_imgRugby Union The ICTSI Papua New Guinea Palais were thrashed 96-0 in a lopsided affair by hosts Fiji in round two of the oceania women’s rugby 15s championships at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Tuesday. The Fijianas coming off a six months lead-up program which included two matches against the Brumbies in Canberra and Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, virtually walked over a PNG side that were basically given a rude reality check on how their women’s game has progressed. Fiji were further enticed by the open style PNG produced to rattle Samoa in the high scoring opening round loss, to push their resolve with a huge statement to remind their Melanesian cousins as to who is setting the pace amongst the women’s tier two Oceania countries. Palais coach John Pangkatana said it was a humbling experience that needed to happen now than later. The Palias fought in patches and we’re not able to consolidate themselves as the latter used their forwards to great effect on the edges of the ruck. When we did have the ball, the players by then we’re looking for a quick fix it solution by throwing the ball wide, he said. He added that they saw a few positives and have several days to work on them before the Tonga test this Saturday. He further made the point that since 2016 when the Palais played their first test match against Fiji the development process of those players to now is non-existent. He added that whilst the loss was huge and reflects badly on the two-week team preparation and coaching staff, he stressed that now wasn’t the time to be crying over spilt milk when women’s rugby has been around for over 10 years. He said since coming on-board only two weeks ago there were a lot of contentious issues to deal with on and off the field, and despite the negatives his coaching staff which includes Paul Joseph and Willie Rikis, have indicated that a few positives have come out from both test matches. He said their situation is likened to a baby where it needs to crawl before it walks. The baby is now overgrown and still isn’t crawling yet.last_img

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