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Rugby World Cup: McKee Wary Of Welsh Attack

“They are the Six Nations champions. They are strong on attack and in defence. In this World Cup, I’ve seen their willingness to attack.”
05 Oct 2019 15:21
Rugby World Cup: McKee Wary Of Welsh Attack
Man of the match and Fiji Airways Flying Fijians winger Semi Radradra on his way to score one of his two tries against Georgia on October 3, 2019, at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Japan. Fiji won 45-10. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee says they are focused on what they can control and are least worried about the results of the other Pool D matches.

McKee said playing Wales, next Wednesday, was going to be a big challenge for them.

“Wales are a dangerous team,” he said.

“They are the Six Nations champions. They are strong on attack and in defence. In this World Cup, I’ve seen their willingness to attack.”

But for now, McKee said they needed to recover before they start their match preparations.

“We are going to work on how to counter some of their plays.,” he said.

He also pointed out that the motivation they had for the Georgia game wouild be the same for the Wales clash.

“The boys were really hurting after the Uruguay loss and it was a massive disappointment.Our boys were disappointed and wanted to make their statement and they really wanted to express themselves as players. That motivation we’re going to carry it to the next game.

“We want to do the basics really well and the game is going to be different to what we faced in the Georgia clash.”

McKee said they had countered Georgia in their area of strength – the scrums.

“We’ve been working on our scrums for about 4 to 5 years. It did not happen overnight. I remembered in my first year during a pre-November tour in Toulouse, France, we first started to focus on our scrums as we were nowhere near in the contest.”

He praised the work of scrum coach Alan Muir, who has been working not only with the Flying Fijians but right down to the respective age groups.

“That is why we are able to match any team in the world when it comes to scrums and now we have the depth to maintain that standard,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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