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Fiji A Force Upfront: Muir

Despite losing three games against Tier One nations at the Rugby World Cup, the one thing the Vodafone Flying Fijians have been praised for is their set pieces. What used
05 Oct 2015 11:27
Fiji A Force  Upfront: Muir
Vodafone Flying Fijians Manasa Saulo, scrum coach Alan Muir, Sunia Koto and Dominiko Waqaniburotu. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Despite losing three games against Tier One nations at the Rugby World Cup, the one thing the Vodafone Flying Fijians have been praised for is their set pieces.

What used to be a problematic area for the Vodafone Flying Fijians in the past is now a strong platform where they held their own against England, Wales and Australia.

Scrum coach Alan Muir is pleased with how the players have executed their set pieces so far.

“We’ve been working towards RWC from a scrum point of view from the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC),” Muir said.

“We made some advances through that period and came into the RWC feeling confident that we could handle what was going to be thrown right in front of us.

“I think the boys have worked extremely hard, to understand the technical and tactical issues in and around scrummaging.

“But we still got a game to play against Uruguay, and we don’t want to drop the standard at this point. We want to build on what we have actually already achieved.”

Muir relishes some highlights from the last three games.

“Probably the two scrums leading into our try against England in our first game,” he said.

“When we had Nikola Matawalu take off down the short side and in the following scrum when we turned over the English scrum on the goal-line.

“In the Australian game, we all saw the one that went for about 20 odd seconds where we came out on top was the highlight of that game.

“Thought we got some rough decisions in that game around the scrum, which probably didn’t do justice to us.

“In our last game against Wales, the boys were outstanding. There wasn’t much more we couldn’t ask from the boys.”

With Fiji’s hopes of making it past the pool stages and qualifying for the next World Cup in Japan in 2019 shattered, Muir hopes that Fiji’s outstanding performance in the set pieces stays with them in years to come.

“Overall, Fiji has had some real good advances and this is something that we need to stay on. So we are a threat, not just this year but next year and the year after and following through from there,” he said.

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