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Fans Deserve A Super Saturday

Fans Deserve A Super Saturday
June 24
10:00 2017

It will be more than a just a test match today for the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Scotland.

There is more to gain from a win and more to lose from a loss at the ANZ Stadium.

It will be hard to believe but the last time we beat a Top 10 nation was 10 years ago.

This was during the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France where the Ilivasi Tabua-coached Flying Fijians beat Wales 38-34 to qualify for the Cup quarter-final.

Coach John McKee rightfully stressed that the time is nigh and Fijians need to front up and simply not make up the numbers.

They need to win big games and defeating Scotland would be the way forward for the Fijians with the upcoming 2019 RWC qualification matches against Tonga and Samoa.

A loss for the Flying Fijians would mean that we have to wait yet again and hope plans will fall into place during the Europe Tour in November.

The Scots will make history if they win in Suva today.

Scotland will break into the top four for the first time since the introduction of the World Rugby rankings in October 2003 if they win comfortably.

Super Saturday in Suva could be one to savour for a Scotland team enjoying a fine start to life under new head coach Gregor Townsend.

The former Scotland and British & Irish Lions first five- eighth has overseen wins over Italy and Australia since succeeding Vern Cotter and a third straight victory against Fiji, by a margin of more than 15 points, would ensure they move into uncharted territory.

Never in the 13-and-a-half-year history of the World Rugby rankings have Scotland been in the top four, but that’s the prize within their grasp today.

Scotland won 37-25 on their last visit to Fiji, at Lautoka in 2012, when Tim Visser, a try-scorer in each of their last two tests, bagged himself a brace.

With 0.86 of a point on offer, Scotland are guaranteed to replace Australia in fourth if they win well – regardless of how the Wallabies fare against Italy in Brisbane tonight.

With 12 changes from the side which won 24-19 against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, the Scots have the depth, strength and remain the team to beat.

The onus is on our Flying Fijians. Victory is long overdue and fans deserve a Super Saturday.

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