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Plan Falling In Place

The Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee expects great things from his men against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday. McKee was confident in the progress of the side
08 Jul 2015 11:54
Plan Falling In Place
Frans Ludeke supervisors training. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee expects great things from his men against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

McKee was confident in the progress of the side so far and expected things to come in full circle as they drew closer to the Saturday test.

“In terms of our progress as a team, I’m very happy with the way players have applied themselves to training,”McKee said. “They’ve had quite a heavy workload over the last couple of days and a mixture of our team plays, our specific skills and our fitness work.

“So the team is really coming together. We’re making a lot of progress and really looking forward to this challenging game to drive our campaign.”

McKee also expected to finalise whether Crusaders giant Nemani Nadolo or Ospreys pivot Josh Matavesi would take up goal-kicking duties this weekend.

“The boys will practice kicking this afternoon (yesterday) and on Thursday (tomorrow) and we’ll decide from Josh Matavesi and Nemani Nadolo although Nemani did have a slightly sore groin the other day.

“So we’ll see how much kicking he does. But certainly in the starting line-up those two would be our main kickers and Ben Volavola on the bench. Ben Volavola is a very capable goal kicker as well.”

McKee also took the opportunity to elaborate on the selection of Gabiriele Lovobalavu in midfield.

“We’ve been following him through the Top 14 at Bayonne. He was playing very good rugby last year and he suffered an untimely injury which took him out for a very long time. I’m really impressed with his skills as an attacking player and he’s a very good defender as well.

“We’ve got a very long campaign and we’ve got a lot of games to play and I want to give all the players a good opportunity to play.

“We all know that for Nikola Matawalu, we know what he can do and what he can add to the team as a player. We’ll be watching his progress throughout the rest of the week.

“We’ve got three very good players for selection and as far as the halfback position is concerned, Henry Seniloli is also a very good and capable player.

“I think we’ve all seen Nemani Nadolo being in great form for the Crusaders this year and he’s one of the most impressive wingers in Super Rugby and given that opportunity he’s got a similar sort of role in our set up for the Flying Fijians.”

The Vodafone Flying Fijians play Maori All Blacks at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva this Saturday.

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