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McKee: We Must Win

  The Vodafone Flying Fijians are all geared up and looking forward to their first Test match in their end of the year tour against the Barbarians at Kingspan Stadium,
09 Nov 2016 14:22
McKee: We Must Win
Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Joeli Veitayaki (left), and Mesake Doge at Ibis Toulouse Balgnac Aeroport, in France. Photo: Facebook/Mes Doge

 

The Vodafone Flying Fijians are all geared up and looking forward to their first Test match in their end of the year tour against the Barbarians at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on Saturday. Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said yesterday while playing against the Barbarians is always a match to look forward to as they aim to have a good outing to boost the momentum of the team.

“Looking at the facilities here, it’s really excellent training facilities this year and the support staff on the ground has been really good as well,” he said.

“The Barbarians are a great traditional club and it is a great traditional fixture, not one where you get many opportunities to play against. I know the boys are really looking forward to the game on Friday night, they know some of the players in the opposition so there will be some real challenges. We are looking forward to the Barbarians game in terms of the way the game is played but it is a very important game for us.

“This is part of the November tour and we are approaching it very seriously as we work on our game plan and our combinations getting our team cohesion this week. We are looking for a good performance on Friday to launch ourselves into the week against England.”

Burly Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo knows what the Barbarians team are capable of but says, they cannot focus too much on their style of play.

“We need to concentrate on what we can bring to the game. For us as a whole, though we are taking this as a test match, at the same time we can’t get too caught up with the Barbarians flair and how they play,” Nadolo said.

“We just need to worry about the way we play, if we can get our set piece and structures in line then we will be good.

“The boys are pumped for this weekend, it’s actually worked well for us, this is a big game and not only that it’s a chance for us to get a few combinations in as a team. We know that there will be a lot of people coming out to watch and it would be good to see some of the fans there at the game.”

The Flying Fijians take on the Barbarians, who include a strong New Zealand contingent, at 8:30am on Saturday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.manann@fijisun.com.fj



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