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Game Changer

Game Changer
From left: Vodafone Flying Fijians Kini Murimurivalu, Nikola Matawalu and Albert Vulivuli share a light moment after training at Albert Park, Suva on June 19, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
June 20
11:00 2017
  • McKee considers Osborne, Tuisova for Scotland clash
  • Flying Fijians focus on defence and set pieces

Powerhouse speedster, Josua Tuisova (Toulon) and winger Patrick Osborne (Highlanders) are likely to play for the Vodafone Flying Fijians when they face Scotland at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

This was revealed to SUNsports yesterday by Flying Fijians head coach John McKee who said the wing position is a strong one and the class Osborne and Tuisova bring could be a game changer for the side.

“There are obviously some guys who have played most of the two test matches in a row and some of them may need a bit of a rest,” McKee said.

“Players like Patrick Osborne and Josua Tuisova who joined the squad last week deserve an opportunity. There will be some changes but we’ll look at the combinations and then decide on the team from there.”



McKee indicated that veteran wingers Vereniki Goneva and Timoci Nagusa have put on a sterling performance against Australia and Italy.

Both wingers scored against the Wallabies while Goneva’s intercept try against Italy last Saturday was a thriller and Nagusa was instrumental in the setting up of Eroni Vasiteri’s try.

“It’s a very strong position for us but both of them bring a lot of class in terms of being strong finishers. If we can set up opportunities for our wingers we know that either of those two players playing will take those opportunities and convert it into points. But as I said we need to look at the combinations and see how best they can benefit the team.”



After beating Italy 22-19, McKee said their decision making, set plays and defence are areas that they need to improve.

“We did quite a lot of analysis today, we had a good look at our game from the weekend and some areas that we need to sharpen up on. We thought there were a lot of good things to take back from the game. Some things I think we could definitely improve on were our decision making at some critical moments where we could have been a bit smarter there.

“Overall it was quite a good performance so we need to keep developing our game, there are things that we could be better at and we need to keep working on our set play and in defence.

“We are working a bit harder now as a unit.”

McKee said they’ve looked at Scotland’s game against Italy and the Wallabies where they’ve noted their strengths and possible weaknesses.

The Flying Fijians take on Scotland at 2.30pm on Saturday at Suva’s ANZ Stadium.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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