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flying fijians Forwards Key For Fiji: Lovo

June 12
08:17 2014

ANASILINI RATUVA
Suva

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Former Ikale Tahi and Fiji XV rep Tomasi Lovo believes the Flying Fijians team should be competitive in the forwards if they want to beat Tonga this Saturday.
The former national flyhalf said Fiji should get their forwards working well at the start of the opening whistle.
“Fiji need to get their forwards together. There will be heavy forwards from the other side,” he said
“Fiji played an open play against Italy last weekend and I strongly believe that they can match Tonga in the backline or even better,” Lovo said.
The former Queen Victoria School student believes Fiji will have to tidy up their set pieces.
“In the last game against Italy our set pieces were untidy and the forwards were unsettled. As long as we can counter Tonga upfront we will win,” Lovo said.
Lovo played for Tonga in 1986-1989 and played for Fiji from 1990-1993.
The former flyhalf also believes that the Flying Fijians running backline will give Tonga a tough time.
“Despite the scrum I know we have a strong running backline while Tonga will come in with a heavy pack upfront,” he said.
Meanwhile, head coach John McKee earlier stated that they were working on getting their set pieces right against Ikale Tahi.
“Tonga love to move the ball around quiet differently to the Italian team. “We need to look at our tight five and explore possible weaknesses against the Tongans,” McKee said.
The Flying Fijians and Tonga test will kick off this Saturday from 3pm at Churchill Park in the second round of the Pacific Nations Cup.
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