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Flying Fijians Moving In Right Direction

John McKee has got a bit of work to do in preparing the Vodafone Flying Fijians for the World Cup next year. In the last two tests, against France and
18 Nov 2014 10:54
Flying Fijians Moving In Right Direction

John McKee has got a bit of work to do in preparing the Vodafone Flying Fijians for the World Cup next year. In the last two tests, against France and Wales, the Fijians showed lot of promise.

McKee has been trying different combinations and he is happy with the centre-pairing of Nemani Nadolo and Vereniki Goneva.
Despite playing with 14 men for most of the second half, to their credit, they kept Wales scoreless and Nadolo scored that spectacular intercept try.

That was a big plus because the Flying Fijians could have collapsed under intense pressure from the Welsh.
Their composure is a positive sign in their build-up to World Cup.  It shows that they have the mental edge to be able dig deep in defence and attack when they are offered an opportunity.

Dropped balls and a bit of indiscipline played against the Flying Fijians.
The Flying Fijians need to learn that playing catch-up rugby is not good.They have been in this situation many times before and they have lost tests.

If they had played with the same intensity in the first half, the outcome might have been different.
How to stop an opposition rolling maul, as highlighted by McKee, is another area that the Flying Fijians need to work on.
McKee has the right calibre of players to do Fiji proud next year.Perfecting the combination, weeding out mistakes and eliminating indiscipline will be top priority.

The next test against the United States will be an ideal opportunity to carrying out the above. The Flying Fijians have the capability to defeat the Americans if they put their act together.

They need to build on where they  left off in the test against Wales. The United States have improved significantly over the years and they should not be regarded as the underdog.

All in all, the Fijian preparation is heading in the right direction. It is just a matter of fine tuning the systems and structures now in place to make the Flying Fijians a team the top nations will take seriously.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj


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