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Getting Stronger

And the Vodafone Flying Fijians coach is more than satisfied with pivot Josh Matavesi’s control at No.10 in the 13-14 loss to Wales yesterday. He believes the Flying Fijians will
17 Nov 2014 10:11
Getting Stronger

And the Vodafone Flying Fijians coach is more than satisfied with pivot Josh Matavesi’s control at No.10 in the 13-14 loss to Wales yesterday. He believes the Flying Fijians will get stronger and stronger before the Rugby World Cup next year.

“This is the first time they are playing together and I’m satisfied,” McKee said.

“There are lot of positives from the new combination between Josh, Nadolo and Goneva and we can only improve from here.”

McKee said the team had improved vastly in defence, scrums and lineout.

He said they needed work on countering the rolling mauls which cost them a penalty try.

“We continually work in these areas. I see good progress in our set plays.

“The rolling maul is a big challenge for us, particularly against Northern Hemisphere teams.

“We have the technique and process, but we need to execute under pressure and not give away penalties.”

He said the players had looked forward to their next game against U.S.A in Marseille.

“The players are in good mood, there are no major injury and we must focus on a decisive victory over U.S.A.”

McKee was thrilled with his side’s ‘tremendously gutsy’ showing in the second-half in their narrow loss to Wales.

Campese Ma’afu’s copped his second yellow card on the 52nd minute which left Fiji facing an uphill struggle at the Millennium Stadium.

Crusaders star Nemani Nadolo scored all of Fiji’s 13 points including a late try in the second-half, but their efforts were in vain.

McKee was disappointed with the performance before halftime, but vowed that Fiji would improve going forward.

“We probably didn’t impose ourselves as much as we would have liked in the first half,” said McKee.

“In the second-half, it was a gutsy performance with 14 players, but we are disappointed at losing.

“We came here to win. We are looking towards next year. There is a lot of improvement to come from this group of players.

“By Rugby World Cup, we will be stronger,” McKee said.

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