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McKee Must Go

Our embarrassing 27-30 loss to Uruguay in Kamaishi the last straw
26 Sep 2019 11:26
McKee Must Go
DISAPPOINTING!... Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji


Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee must go. There are no two ways about it.

Last night’s embarrassing 30-27 loss to Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup pool clash at Kamaishi, Japan, was the last straw.

Especially, when this was the same Uruguay side we thrashed 68-7 in London, last November.

If we’re serious with our rugby then the Fiji Rugby Union must act now even before the World Cup is over.

We had expected a much better performance from the Flying Fijians taking into consideration that this is McKee’s second World Cup with them.

The wins over Scotland, France and the Maori All Blacks really lifted our hopes but sadly what we had expected did not eventuate in Japan.

This is the Flying Fijians second loss in Pool D and are out of the World Cup quarterfinals. It’s going to be another four-year wait.

Former Flying Fijians star winger Vilimoni Delasau was right when he highlighted that McKee kept repeating the same mistake from the 2015 RWC, when it comes to sending in the impact players.

And added to this year, is that gamble he took in taking four locks and dropping a back-rower. This was exposed after the injuries to Viliame Mata and Peceli Yato.

Instead of looking at other viable options McKee moved lock Leone Nakarawa to No.8. We all saw midway the second half against the Wallabies how our scrums were dismantled as they fought back from the 12-21 deficit to win 39-21.

And again, Nakarawa’s inexperience in playing at No.8 was evident against Uruguay.

Instead of clearing the ball to the backs quickly, he held onto it at the base of the scrum and this added more pressure on the tight five.

We can’t blame him (Nakarawa) because he was playing out of position. Likewise with hooker turned flanker Sam Matavesi, who came in to replace Mosese Voka, but was slow to capitalise on a loose ball, which saw Uruguay snapping it up.

The buck stops with McKee because the final decision on who takes the field rests with him.

For now, the onus is on the Flying Fijians to restore lost pride by beating Georgia and giving their all against Wales.

For McKee, there’s no other way, he must go.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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