SPORTS

All Set To Go, Says McKee

  The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians are confident of a good outing against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh tomorrow morning (Fiji time). Head coach John McKee has named a
10 Nov 2018 11:00
All Set To Go, Says McKee
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre turned winger Vereniki Goneva (left) and tough inside centre Eroni Vasiteri during training at Reg 9 camp in Toulouse, France on November 2, 2018 Photo: FRU Media

 

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians are confident of a good outing against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh tomorrow morning (Fiji time).

Head coach John McKee has named a powerful side as they look to open their Northern tour on a positive note.

“We’re prepared for a physical encounter against the Scots who’ll be reeling after last weekend’s loss to Wales,” McKee said.

“The team are very much looking forward to the challenge against Scotland.

“We had success against Scotland in 2017 in Fiji but that counts for nothing here. We will have to bring our best game if we want to achieve success, as anything less will not be good enough against this good Scotland team.”

McKee said training has been good in preparation for this important test match.

“The team can take confidence from our trainings and must now step up to impose our game plan under the intensity of Test match rugby.”

He said there is plenty of first class experience in the Fijian line-up and they are prepared for a fierce contest up front against a polished Scottish outfit.

“Scotland have a strong set piece. This will be a key area of the game. We will need to match them in the scrum and lineout and stop their driving maul to be successful in this match.”

 

SELECTION

Campese Maafu (Leicester), Sam Matavesi (Cornish Pirates) and Manasa Saulo (London Irish) will be given the job of spearheading Fiji’s forward pack, with Racing 92’s Leone Nakarawa and Newcastle Falcons’ Tevita Cavubati locking in the tight five.

Then Edinburgh favourite Viliame Mata rounds out a dynamic back row alongside newly appointed captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu (Brive) and the explosive Peceli Yato (Clermont).

“Scotland showed last week against Wales that they are willing to shift the ball and play an up tempo game. Our defence will have to be top class to deny Scotland opportunities to score,” McKee said.

Clermont full back Setareki Tuicuvu earns his debut in the white jersey at full back and will be well supported by the experienced Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle Falcons), Jale Vatabua (Pau), Semi Radradra (Bordeaux) and Metui Talebula (Bayonne) as Fiji look to impose their own tempo and game style into the match.

The match will be shown live on Fiji One and Sky Pacific at 3.30am.

 

– Edited by Osea Bola

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