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Matson: Focus Was Always Scoring Tries

The Vodafone Flying Fijians team management plans a 240-minute game time for their remaining pool matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. This has started in the run-up to their
21 Sep 2015 10:15
Matson: Focus Was Always Scoring Tries
Nemani Nadolo charges through...Assistant coach attack Tabai Matson said they were looking positive for their game against the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians team management plans a 240-minute game time for their remaining pool matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

This has started in the run-up to their next Pool A game against Australia on Thursday at 3:45am (Fiji time).

Assistant coach attack Tabai Matson said they were looking positive for their game against the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

“For us our focus was always to score tries to get the ball to our outside back. That’s always a focus on us to play running rugby,” he said.

“Try to break up the game with some counter attacks. This week we are really positive we had 320 minutes of pool matches and now we got 240 left to go.”

The fact that Fiji has a game under their belt, coupled with the way they disciplined themselves to match England in set piece and scrum, suggests that the Pacific islanders will be far from a pushover in Cardiff espite having only five days’ recovery.

“We thought we played really well against England and we felt that the game was actually on our grasp,” Matson said.

“Our errors really cost us, we are really proud of the effort the boys put in. Clearly the defensive stuff was outstanding and put them under a lot of pressure when they have possession.”

 

Positive for us: McKee

Head coach John McKee also cleared the air on questions raised by rugby followers on the late changes he made in the second-half of the England match.

“We introduced players in the forwards to get fresh players into the game,” he said.

“I felt this largely worked in a positive way for us. This was a very intense game in which errors at critical points prevented us driving home any advantage as we fought our way back into the game.

“Against a team as good as England it is always going to be hard coming back from a 10 point deficit.”

 

Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo will be a handful, admits Wallaby Scott Sio

Scott Sio, the Wallabies loose-head prop, believes that Fijian flyer Nemani Nadolo can be tamed when Australia face the 20-stone Pacific Islander in their first Pool A game.

“I came up against him for the Brumbies when we played the Crusaders and he scored a freakish try against us,” Sio said on Saturday.

“He managed to pick the ball up, one hand, and score in the corner. With the size he is, and that blend of pace and power, it was pretty incredible. You don’t get many players like that playing on the wing these days.

“We know we have our hands full with him, but we have trust in our guys on the wing to get the job done.”

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