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No. 1, No. 10 Key: Serevi

Rugby legend Waisale Serevi says the Vodafone Flying Fijians need a good tighthead prop (No1) and flyhalf at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Although he has not been following the
14 Nov 2014 07:07
No. 1, No. 10 Key: Serevi
Vodafone Flying Fijians tight-head prop Campese Ma’afu trains in Cardiff yesterday. Photo: Wales Online

Rugby legend Waisale Serevi says the Vodafone Flying Fijians need a good tighthead prop (No1) and flyhalf at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Although he has not been following the Flying Fijians on tour, the Qarani, Gau native said Fiji needed to have specialists in these key positions.

“A South African rugby friend of mine said that to win a rugby 15s game, you need a good No. 1 and a good No 10, and I agree,” Serevi said.

“A No. 1 hold the scrum and the No 10 needs to be creative to make the backline spark.

He says the flyhalf position is the mastermind of the 15s game.

The Flying Fijians lost to France in the Northern Tour last weekend 40-15.

“I believe they (Flying Fijians) have learnt a lot after their game against France and I believe that can do better and make Fiji proud.”

Serevi says the Flying Fijians coach John McKee needs the support and help from all to help the side succeed.

Meanwhile, McKee said would be considering both Jonetani Ralulu and Josh Matavesi as No.10s for 2015 RWC.

“But there are others I may consider,”he said.

“This tour is important for Jonetani and Josh to stake their claims on the position.”

McKee is happy with the progress in training so far.

“We have been working on our defence  structures, line speed, connection in the line as well as one on one tackling,”he said.

“Preparations going well with our final hard training session on Thursday (Friday –Fiji).

The players have watched video analysis of their game against France.

“I felt it was more a lack of patience to work out of our own end (defensive end) and not maintaining possession by trying to force the play,”he said.

Wales defence will be hard to break so we need to be patient with the ball and work very hard to keep the ball. Our kicking game last week was poor. Too often we kicked ball directly to French players rather than find space.

Feedback: sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj

 


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