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Fiji set sights on another upset

Fiji coach Sam Domoni says his side have learned the lessons of their defeat to France as they target another upset against Wales on Friday night.

The South Sea Islanders are looking to record a second straight win over the men in red after dumping them out of the 2007 World Cup with a 38-34 win at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes in their previous meeting.

"We have drawn all the positives that we could from that game," said Domoni.

Their preparations for the opening Test of their current tour against Les Bleus were not helped by having to pull together a squad that includes players plying their trade in New Zealand, Australia, France, Great Britain and Japan.

That meant they were only able to have a handful of training sessions ahead of their 34-12 defeat to the reigning Six Nations champions, but they held a slender lead at the end of the first quarter in awful conditions and Domoni feels they will be better for the run out.

He added: "Given the final result we know we could have done better. But to put in a performance like that against the Six Nations champions with the short preparation time we had was very good.

"We have taken all the positives and confidence we can from that game in order to be ready for this game on Friday night.

"The guys have now had more time to get to know each other and to gel together and we are backing ourselves. It should be a cracking game."

Domoni has made eight changes to his starting line-up for the Millennium Stadium contest with Exeter full-back Josh Matavesi and Saracens wing Michael Tagicakibau among those earning call-ups in a matchday 22 that includes six survivors from their success in Nantes.

"Competition for places is healthy and we have a good squad to pick from thanks to the work done by our high performance unit," he said. "We also have a few guys with us who play in our domestic competition and this is a chance for some of those guys to showcase themselves as we begin to prepare for that World Cup."


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