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More To Come: McKee

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is confident more is yet to come following their 30-22 win over Ikale Tahi Tonga yesterday. McKee said he was trying out different
19 Jul 2015 10:02
More To Come: McKee
Vodafone Flying Fijians winger Waisea Nayacalevu wins the ball against Tonga at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is confident more is yet to come following their 30-22 win over Ikale Tahi Tonga yesterday.

McKee said he was trying out different combinations to get a good grasp leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“Things didn’t get right and it seems like we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.

“We’re in the early stages of getting the team together and with a few changes this week, we lost a bit of rhythm.

“It was really hard when the back of the scrums were quite messy as well as around the rucks.

“They were really contesting hard so it was really hard for the halfback to get clean balls and made the clearance difficult.

“Ben (Volavola) did some very good things in the game and at other times I think he was under pressure. We’ve just got to get our combinations a little better.

“Our lineout got better and better and our scrum today. So our scrum was good and we just need to get more consistency in that area.”

McKee acknowledged the Friendly Islanders for providing tough opposition and pushing the home side to work for their win.

“Credit to Tonga. They knew the way that they could get on the front foot against us and play a really close game with the pick-and-go and the short plays and probably in other areas, some of our mistakes allowed them back into our zone.

“Some restarts, exiting our zone and things like that. There are a lot of things to work on but credit to the players.

We really stuck in hard today. We really worked hard for everything we got and they had enough composure at the back end of the second half to touch a few points.”

Following the overall successful transition of yesterday’s line-up of players, McKee wasn’t ruling out the possibility of changes in the coming weeks as he continued to test combinations.

“We’ll have a look today and see how the guys pulled up. We’ve given our rucks a hard workout in the last two weeks but we know that Samoa will have their own very, very strong scrum. So we’ll have a look there.

“I think Akapusi Qera will come back in there next week. So there’s that and Nikola Matawalu hasn’t had a start yet so we could look at that area as well and in the backline as well.

“We’ve got a do a bit of shuffle and that’s what we’re going to do each game.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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