Rabeni up for the Boks

Fiji centre Seru Rabeni is expecting an improved performance from his side as they prepare to face the might of South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

On the back of an outstanding knockout result against Wales last weekend, Fiji go into the Springbok clash without their playmaker Nicky Little, who is ruled out due to a knee injury.

But Rabeni, who combined superbly with wing Vilimoni Delasau to aid the 38-34 victory, has challenged his team-mates to raise their game against the tournament’s second favourites.

“We haven’t played well as a team yet, and we have struggled and scrapped to win games,” said Rabeni.

“Our attitude now is to improve from the last two games. If we can concentrate and improve things, we can go better.”

Fiji progressed into the last-eight thanks to slender wins over Japan and Canada, before resting their heavyweights in the 55-12 loss to eventual Pool B winners Australia.

However, in arguably one of the best games in World Cup history to date, the South Sea islanders stunned the Welsh in Nantes to seal the Springbok date.

“They (South Africa) are only human,” Rabeni added.

“It is 15 versus 15, although it is a continent against an island.

“If we can give them something they can feel, we will make them think about us.

“South Africa’s forwards pride themselves on physical confrontation and they are the best in the world at the line-out.

“In the scrum, we can see how dominant they are. We need to get up them, get our own ball and play with it.”


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