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ANALYSIS: ‘Bravehearts’ Winning Edge

ANALYSIS: ‘Bravehearts’ Winning Edge
Scotland captain John Barclay celebrates with teammates after winning the Hopetoun Cup against the Australian Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Zimbio
June 19
10:00 2017

The Scotland rugby team arrived last night and will be the team to beat when they play the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Ranked sixth in the world and on a high after claiming a historic 24-19 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney over the weekend, the Gregor Townsend-coached ‘Bravehearts’ have the edge.

Scotland and Fiji have played each other a total of six times of which the Scots have won five times and lost once.

But die-hard Fiji rugby fans could easily recalled two of the games, one which we convincingly won and the other which we could have won.

Captained by current Fiji Rugby Union development manager Sale Sorovaki, the Scots lost handsomely 26-51 in Suva on May 26, 1998.

The other game is during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia in which the Scots stole victory at the death 22-20. Although we lost, we unveiled a star in Rupeni Caucaunibuca who scored two brilliant tries.

His second try was even more outrageous as he skipped and sidestepped past flailing Scots defenders from Fiji’s 22, leading the commentator to exclaim, “Give it to Caucau and he is go-go, gone!”

It also led to a shell-shocked fullback Chris Paterson, who converted Tom Smith’s try to seal the win, saying: “He can be the world’s best player, the type who can win a game almost on his own.”

But after a lucky escape over Italy on Saturday, the Flying Fijians need just more than teamwork to topple the Scots. We did it at the same venue 19 years ago and we need to prove it to the ‘bravehearts’again.

The Flying Fijians need to rise to the challenge. Fans need to join the Bring the Fight, Wear White and be at Laucala in numbers in our last test match at home in 2017.  The match kicks off at 2.30pm.

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