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McKee: Forwards Hold The Key

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee believes they will be strong upfront against the United States of America. He said yesterday they are hoping to repeat the performance they
20 Nov 2014 12:06
McKee: Forwards Hold The Key
Prop Campese Ma’afu.

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee believes they will be strong upfront against the United States of America. He said yesterday they are hoping to repeat the performance they put on against Wales and France.

McKee said they had been working hard in getting everything right for the forwards, which improved in their last two matches.

“We put a lot of work in the forwards as we know to be successful at the highest level we need to be very competitive in this area,” he said.

“We must continue on this week as we need to lay the platform to impose our game and play to our strengths.”

McKee said he would give chance to players who missed out in the last two Test matches.

“I am conscious of making sure we pick a strong line-up and giving those players who have not featured much so far an opportunity to play so there will be some changes,” McKee said.

There were no major injuries in the side and the team is looking fit for their final Northern tour test match.

“Some players went through light duties on Monday. There are normal bumps and bruises following Wales game and all players were available for a full training session from Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, loose head prop (Ma’afu out) Ma’afu Campese has been suspended for a week after copping a red card against Wales.

The 29-year-old was handed the ban when he appeared at an independent disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Ma’afu was initially sin-binned at the end of the first half for collapsing a maul and then given his marching orders again soon after returning for an illegal mid-air tackle on Bradley Davies at a line-out.

“The disciplinary committee, chaired by Jeremy Summers along with Dan White (both England), having viewed footage of the two incidents and listened to representations by and on behalf of the player, imposed a sanction of a one-week suspension,” read a statement, released by the Autumn International Disciplinary.

The Flying Fijians and USA clash will kick-off at 7am on Saturday.

anasilini.ratuva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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