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Let Nikola Start

The onus is on head coach John McKee and his assistants to make the call of moving Nikola to the starting line-up in this must-win clash against Georgia, on Thursday.
30 Sep 2019 13:36
Let Nikola Start
Nikola Matawalu.

I can’t understand why Nikola Matawalu is always on the reserve bench? The man who won the heart of Glasgow Warriors and Super Rugby winning coach Dave Rennie is being rated below Flying Fijian players who are playing in second or third division clubs in the UK.

The Warriors are one of the top clubs in Europe.

Rennie has signed Nikola right up to the end of 2021 because he knows his value and what he can bring to the team.

Nikola a halfback now plays at wing and fullback.

During the Rugby World Cup opener against Australia, he came right in the dying stages of the game where they were trailing 39-21 and virtually it was too late for anything to be done.

Then the Uruguay game, Nikola is again put on the bench while Henry Seniloli, who did not make the Match 23 against Australia. was given the nod to start.

And when things were against us midway the second half Nikola was once again put into the field.

With the little time left, he almost pulled the game out of the fire as he scored two late tries and almost set-up the match-winning try if only Josh Matavesi had not fumbled the ball with the try line in front of him.

With less than 30 minutes on the field (both games), Nikola is leading the try-scoring list with two followed by Peceli Yato, Waisea Nayacalevu, Mesu Dolokoto and Api Ratuniyarawa, with a try each.

The onus is on head coach John McKee and his assistants to make the call of moving Nikola to the starting line-up in this must-win clash against Georgia, on Thursday.

So let’s keep our fingers crossed that common sense prevails and this Dama, Ra, native truly gets the start he rightful deserves.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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