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Target Nakarawa

Target Nakarawa
The Scotland rugby team at Nadi International Airport enroute to Suva on June 18, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers
June 19
10:00 2017

Scotland will be watching Leone Nakarawa’s exquisite offloads and the Vodafone Flying Fijians open play when they meet at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Gregor Townsend has seen Nakarawa and several other Fijians abilities having played against them and coached teams that had Fijian players.

The visitors arrived in the country last night, fresh from their historical 24-19 win over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

“We have always looked at this game against Fiji as tough,”Townsend said.

“We know the Fijian players very well and I’ve coached a few Fijians, including Nakarawa,  and I know how they play.”

The Scots watched the Fiji-Italy game in-flight and also studied the Fijians game against Wallabies in Melbourne.

“We saw Nakarawa’s game and his breaks including the one at the last minute. I know him very well after being with him at Glasgow Warriors for a few years.

“Fiji will play well at home and we will make sure we tackle.”

Townsend shared on the special win over the weekend.

“We have had two close defeats by the Wallabies where we lost by a point in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and at Murrayfield in Scotland last November,” Townsend said.

“To win against the Wallabies was a magnificent effort from the players especially in the last 10 minutes where we had to defend very well.

“The Wallabies are a really good attacking team but I’m very proud of our players.

“It shows we have skills and courage and it will go down as one of the best wins in the history Scotland rugby.”

Townsend said the present performance was through the build-up of the past couple of years and winning three out of five games in the last Six Nations Series.

“The players were full of confidence coming into this tour and have worked very hard during training.”

Townsend said their first game against Italy in Singapore highlighted the ability and strength of the team.

“The game against the Flying Fijians is our last game of the year so we will give it everything.”

Edited by Osea Bola




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