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Battle up front

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The Flying Fijians will see eye to eye with the New Zealand Maori in the forwards, says technical adviser Joe Barakat. Barakat said the
13 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The Flying Fijians will see eye to eye with the New Zealand Maori in the forwards, says technical adviser Joe Barakat.
Barakat said the forwards will lift their game so that the national side can unleash their asset in the back division.
He said Fiji would have to win quality possession before they can spin the ball outwide.
“Everyone comes to the islands saying they got no intellectual power in the scrums and lineouts. And I suppose these group of players want to change that and we will surprise some people,” Barakat said.
“You will see a remarkable difference in both areas (scrums and lineouts). They are up to it there is some good confidence amongst them at the moment and we have just got to feel that.
“We have seen areas we want to attack but at the end of the day Fijians shouldn’t be worrying about what their opponents do. Lets worry about own backyard and lets do the things we want to do.”
The New Zealand Maoris have a power-packed front line with some players on the verge of breaking into the All Blacks.
For Fiji, the tight five has been our downfall many years.
“We like to think it’s not our weakness, its an area that we still developing obviously, its been an Achilles Heel for the Fijians for a good period of time and my job is to help change that, to help change the mentality of tight five play in Fiji,” Barakat said.
“Everyone plays touch, no one practices lineouts, shaping scrums and the technical awareness of scrimmaging and what it can achieve. Our scrum was good last week for 65 minutes and our lineouts were terrible for a good period of time.
“Unfortunately, thing is it should have been the other way around, we concentrated too much on the scrums and we changed that this week.”
Fiji has taken cure from Tongan gutsy performance in the forwards last week.
The Flying Fijians battle the New Zealand Maoris at 3pm today in Lautoka.



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