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Frans Ludeke: Fijians Need To Be Smart

Play smart rugby. Vodafone Flying Fijians assitant lineout and restart coach Frans Ludeke gave this instruction as our reps prepare to face Wales on Friday. Ludeke is the man behind
29 Sep 2015 11:15
Frans Ludeke: Fijians Need To Be Smart
The Vodafone Flying Fijians hit the scrummaging machine under the watchful eyes of head coach John McKee (right), and assistant coach lineout and restart, Frans Ludeke in Wales. Photo: FRU

Play smart rugby. Vodafone Flying Fijians assitant lineout and restart coach Frans Ludeke gave this instruction as our reps prepare to face Wales on Friday. Ludeke is the man behind the success in the pieces.

With just three days to go till the Vodafone Flying Fijians crucial match against Wales on Friday, the team has been working hard to perfect key areas in order to take on the red dragons.

“Time is flying by quick and this is a vital game for us. If we can manage to get a result against Wales we are still alive to make the play offs,” Ludeke said.

“So our main focus is on attack and also the ball contact areas, the break down and ball carriers, there was a lot that we really focused on like; contact skills or keeping the ball alive and keeping the ball in contact areas.”

With the biggest threat on the Welsh side coming from Dan Biggar, who was on target with his kicking scoring 23 points against hosts England on Sunday, Ludeke said they have concentrated on their kicking game and scrums as they expect a tough battle up front.

“Our kicking game is something we picked up on, kicking is a way of getting field position and they (Wales) kick a lot; they don’t take risks in their own half,” he said.

“Yesterday we spent time in the lineout, and there was a huge focus on the scrum areas as we expect a huge battle up front on the set pieces.

“We need to be smart and we need to stay in the fight, these days scrums is not just ball in and ball out, teams really keep the ball in and they really go for that endurance but we are happy with how preparations are going.”

Meanwhile, prop Isei Colati will miss out on the remainder of Fiji’s RWC campaign after incurring a knee injury during training at the Swansea University Sports Ground in Wales on Sunday.

This is the second injury to the squad after Fiji’s disappointing 28-13 loss to Australia where Waisea Nayacalevu suffered a knee injury during the game last week.

Timoci Nagusa was called up as his replacement.

Head coach John McKee said though the coaching staff and Colati were disappointed, Flying Fijian reserve Taniela Koroi, wouldjoin the side as his replacement.

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