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Focus On Our Game Not Australia: John McKee

His message, for now, is clear: focus on our game before we look to Australia. The coach’s considered approach is understandable given that Fiji has not beaten the Wallabies since 1954.
25 Aug 2019 10:52
Focus On Our Game Not Australia: John McKee
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee doesn’t want to get carried away with talk about the team’s chances against Australia at the Rugby World Cup next month.

The two teams meet at Japan’s Sapporo Dome on September 21, in what is being billed as a ‘David vs Goliath’ encounter.

McKee wants to focus on his players getting the basics right and committing fewer errors.

His message, for now, is clear: focus on our game before we look to Australia. The coach’s considered approach is understandable given that Fiji has not beaten the Wallabies since 1954.

The teams have met 21 times.

Since 1952, with Australia winning 18, Fiji twice and one match ending in a draw.

At the 2015 World Cup in the United Kingdom, the Fijians lost 28-13 to the Australians while in 2007, one of Fiji’s best ever campaigns, they were hammered 58-13.

“We’ve watched Australia in a lot of games and we know some things about them that we think we can attack chinks in their armour,” McKee said.

TONGA NEXT

“Certainly as we go into next week against Tonga, we will be employing some of the tactics that we could be using against Australia. We’re not going to show them everything, but before we go to the World Cup we will have some things up our sleeves.

“But, at this point of our campaign, it’s really about us and how we play; and about how we get the basics of the game right and keep our error rate down.”

ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu also believes keeping the element of surprise will work in our favour.

“We could be hiding something, but I can’t really comment on that; we just have to wait and see,” the 33-year-old said.

“At the moment we’re just focused on what we need to know before the Tonga game next week.

The one thing we have stressed every day from week one is that there has been a lot of things thrown at us by the coaches so there’s a lot of learning going on.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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