SPORTS

Yato: Count Me In

Fiery flanker Peceli Yato wants to play for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Scotland on Saturday and he made his intention known during training at Albert Park, Suva yesterday. The
21 Jun 2017 11:00
Yato:  Count Me In
Vodafone Flying Fijians flanker Peceli Yato after training at Albert Park, Suva on June 20, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiery flanker Peceli Yato wants to play for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Scotland on Saturday and he made his intention known during training at Albert Park, Suva yesterday.

The 24-year-old who plays for Clermont in France where they won this year’s Top 14 competition said he is expecting a torrid encounter against Scotland, the world’s fifth ranked side.

“It’s going to be a tough match and it won’t be an easy one,” Yato told SUNsports.

“We know that Scotland has a different way of playing rugby but I expect the boys to keep up with our winning performance from last week. I’ll do my best and perform to what’s expected of me this weekend.”

Yato said they have already worked on their line-outs and scrum.

“This is where the Scots are going to attack us on our line-outs and scrum.”

Yato agreed that discipline was one of the fundamental areas that they need to work on to avoid high or late tackles.

“For me that’s an area I’m working on especially in our match against Japan last November where I got red carded for a dangerous tackle. I didn’t have much control in that game and I wasn’t mentally focused on the team so I will give my best this weekend and keep my focus throughout the game,” Yato added.

The clash kicks-off at 2.30pm

 

FINAL LINE-UP

Flying Fijian head coach John McKee said that he would be meeting the coaches tonight to finalise the line-up.

He also confirmed Yato and Josua Tuisova are highly likely to play against Scotland.

“We know that Yato and Tuisova are experienced players and they’ve been in great form during the Top 14. Both of them are happy to be back home and are looking forward to playing for the Flying Fijians on Saturday. There will be a couple of changes in the team which we will convey later.”

McKee said so far they grateful since they don’t have serious injuries.

“There are normal knocks and bruises for a couple of players with a bit of  aches and pain but today everyone was back training.

“As you can see the training session is getting intense and the players are running freely and those players that joined last week have been trying really hard to make the final squad”

McKee also added that veteran hooker Sunia Koto is expected to play this weekend.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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