Fiji mix style with substance

While Fiji were the hot favourites to beat the USA in their opening World Cup match in Townsville on Saturday night, the manner in which they did it was the most surprising aspect of the game. 

Fiji started fast, but it wasn't all style and no substance, they forced repeat sets, played smart in their own end and made good choices in both attack and defence. 

This was a major contributing factor to the one-sided score-line, as the USA barely got a look in for the majority of the first half, and Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama says complacency was never a part of the plan. 

"I think the boys really bought in, [complacency] never crept into our camp at all, we paid full respect to the USA and we knew they were going to be a tough side," Naiqama said. 

"We wanted to start fast, that was out main focus all week and obviously build from that. I think the boys did really well in our first game but in saying that there's a lot of things we can work on."

The fullback also said that having room for improvement was a positive, to keep that complacency out. 

"Even though we won this game we can't take today's victories into tomorrow, so after this we'll enjoy the win tonight, but on Monday it's back to the drawing board and we've got a new challenge in Wales next weekend," he said.  

Fiji were particularly impressive in the way they rolled up the field, and Ashton Sims was a big part of their forward pack. 

Speaking to the media after the game he was happy with the performance, but wasn't looking too far into the future. 

"We know we've got a long way to go yet, we've still got Wales who are a really good, strong side and Italy who are going to be a real contender in this World Cup," Sims said. 

"All we're worried about is next week against Wales, we want to put our defensive errors to rest and make sure we're firing for both Wales and Italy."