Analysis

RWC 2019: Must Win And Well

We will be up for another real test for depth when our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians meet Uruguay today. It’s the game we must win to keep our hopes alive in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup.
25 Sep 2019 11:29
RWC 2019: Must Win And Well
The Mayor of Mikayo City visited the team. In this, the blue line added shows the height of the water level when the Tsunami struck the city. At ground level you can see it is way higher than the rugby goal posts and is about level 3 close to 4 in actual height in building scale. The big wall to the left is one they are building around the parameter of the city, a very airy feeling in this city and it is very emotional and important to the locals and our team. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

We will be up for another real test for depth when our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians meet Uruguay today.

It’s the game we must win to keep our hopes alive in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup.

We also need to win well after tier one pool opponents Wales scored a 43-14 victory over Georgia and Australia 39-21 win over us.

We need to win convincingly against Uruguay and Georgia before we face Wales in the final encounter. Likewise, Wales and Australia will win convincingly against the tier two opponents.

Mathematically we must do the same building our points’ differential or will face the same fate as Japan in the 2015 RWC where they won three games and denied by Scotland for a Cup quarterfinal spot. But first we must be firing in all cylinders against Uruguay today. We must put our faith in our match-23 selected by Head Coach John McKee who is forced to make drastic selection changes.

Already our first choice openside flanker Semi Kunatani is out for two games and his replacement Peceli Yato is out for six days.

Our regular No.8 Viliame Mata is also out for two games. While we thought Mosese Voka would be his ideal replacement, McKee opted for Leone Nakarawa. Regarded as one of the best lock forwards in the world, Nakarawa should play where he plays best. He should solidify our tight five rather than hang out in the loose.

The onus is on Voka to rise to the occasion and defy the odds today.

Interestingly, we have Sam Matavesi and Levani Botia covering for Voka. We need to learn from the loss against Australia where we were leading 21-12 in the 60th minute and gave the game away.

We were pumped for most parts of the game and got deflated towards the end. We can’t afford that today.

At the 2015 RWC, David Pocock scored two tries from rolling mauls. Four years later on Saturday, Tolu Latu scored two tries from rolling mauls, which took the game out of our reach. We can’t afford that today as the Uruguay will use their forwards pack to this effect.

We need to counter the rolling mauls. Either we contest and win the lineout or unsettled our opponents before they find their shape.

Georgia scored one of their two tries through rolling maul against Wales and we face them on October 3. But first we must win and win well against Uruguay. Despite everything else, our Fiji Airways Flying Fijians must rise to the occasion today.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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