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Matawalu Gets Half-Back Call Up Against Japan

Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has named Nikola Matawalu in the the first line-up against Japan. He said this was to add depth and experience early on in the
25 Nov 2016 13:34
Matawalu Gets Half-Back Call Up Against Japan
Vodafone Flying Fijians In Vannes Photo:Fiji Rugby Union

Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has named Nikola Matawalu in the the first line-up against Japan.

He said this was to add depth and experience early on in the game.

Power running Levani Botia will be come in at midfield.

“Some changes to our line up give us more experience with Nikola Matawalu at half back and power running Levani Botia at midfield which we will use to work on getting a good start in the game. Too often in big games recently we have given away points early and found ourselves chasing the game. This week it is very important that we get a good start to the game.”

A statement from the Fiji Rugby Union said: “The team has had a gradual progression in their last two games having played some constructive plays against England towards the end of the first half and early in the second when they scored three tries in their test match in Twickenham last week.”

 

Mckee said ”although disappointing on the score line we did some good things in the game last week against the number two team in the world. Our set play was very strong and we were good in attack. Defense was not at the level required and we made errors in exiting our defensive zone which we have worked on this week.”

 

The Japanese team are on a high after their grand performance against Wales last week.

 

The Vodafone Flying Fijians know what the game against Japan means to them and the members of the public back home.

 

Mckee says that “for this week’s game we must work very hard in our defensive system. Japan will try to play a very quick game with a lot of quick passing to get the ball wide. We need to work very hard as a defensive line and make our one on one tackles.”

 

“In attack we must win the gain line first before playing to width. We will look to use our big backs and ball carrying forwards to put Japan on the back foot.”

 

The Fiji Team plays Japan at Stade De la Rabine on Saturday at 3.10pm.

 

Vodafone Flying Fijians against Japan

Loose Head        –      Peni Ravai

Hooker      –      Sunia Koto

Tighthead   –       Manasa Saulo

Lock          –       Nemia Soqeta

Lock          –       Leone Nakarawa

Blindside    –       Dominiko Waqaniburotu

Openside    –       Peceli Yato

No. 8         –       Akapusi Qera ©

Scrum Half –       Nikola Matawalu

Outside Half-      Ben Volavola

Wing         –       Nemani Nadolo

Centre       –       Levani Botia

Centre       –       Albert Vulivuli

Wing         –       Metuisela Talebula

Full Back    –       Kini Murimurivalu

 

Reserves: Tuapati Talemaitoga, Joeli Veitayaki, Leeroy Atalifo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Naulia Dawai, Eremasi Radrodro, Serupepeli Vularika, Waisea Nayacalevu

 


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