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Analysis: 3 Ways To Win, Flying Fijians

After four years and at 4.45pm today, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians face the Wallabies in their opening match of the Rugby World Cup at Sapporo Dome. It’s time to prove our worth after years of trying.
21 Sep 2019 10:50
Analysis: 3 Ways To Win, Flying Fijians
Members of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during the captain’s run at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan, on September 20, 2019. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Enough talk! It’s time to get it done as the moment is upon us.

After four years and at 4.45pm today, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians face the Wallabies in their opening match of the Rugby World Cup at Sapporo Dome. It’s time to prove our worth after years of trying.

Here are three ways on how we can win.

Play to plan, play smart

At all times it is essential not to deviate so far from the norm but stick to the plan, play smart and do the basics right. At times we are our own worst enemy, getting strayed away and drawn into how the opposition wants us to play and coming out second best in the end.

We need to play the Fijian brand, stick with it and above all, adapt and react to change by employing the right tactics. At times we overdo, over-react and end up a man short. The Wallabies will resort to using the rolling maul to sap the energy and score tries and we need to unsettle it before it started.

But discipline all-around is the cornerstone of it all, doing it the legal way is what it’s all about.

Defence Wins Combat

We need to suffocate the Wallabies with our defensive steel.

We may be devastating on attack but defence win games and that’s the bottom line if we are to come out on top.

With less than 35 per cent territory/possession against Samoa and Tonga, we still managed to pull off wins because we defended well. Likewise, the Aussies must feel the brunt of our aggression today.

Kickers Must Make It Count

We need to take points on offer which means we need a reliable kicker who are always on the spotlight. Most times the final outcome depends on their sharpness and accuracy.

Our marksman Ben Volavola must be spot on in dissecting the uprights, kicking for touch and territory.

Kickers decide between winning and losing and the pressure is on them to run the show, dictate the game and call the shots.

Edited by Osea Bola

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