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Plan To Shut Out Sevu

Anthony Watson knows he will be against two of New Zealand fiercest wingers in the Rugby World Cup semifinal showdown in Yokohama on Saturday. And the England speedster is keeping a close tab on the progress made by Fijian flyer Sevu Reece and George Bridge ranking them as class, good and strong players.
24 Oct 2019 16:36
Plan To Shut Out Sevu
All Blacks winger Sevu Reece INSET: England winger Anthony Watson

Anthony Watson knows he will be against two of New Zealand fiercest wingers in the Rugby World Cup semifinal showdown in Yokohama on Saturday. And the England speedster is keeping a close tab on the progress made by Fijian flyer Sevu Reece and George Bridge ranking them as class, good and strong players.

Watson, who played superbly in the 40-16 quarterfinal win over the Wallabies in Oita, believes his form and experience will carry him through should he be named by Coach Eddie Jones in the match-23.

Watson knows Reece having played against him and scored a try in the first match of the British & Irish Lions tour against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in 2017 winning 13-7 in Whangarei

“Sevu Reece was the first person I played against on that New Zealand tour. I think he played for the Provincial Barbarians,”he told The Telegraph.

“I remember thinking he was a class player. He had good feet and was very strong. He’s definitely a good player and it’s the same with George Bridge. You saw those tries he scored against Tonga. Give either of those two too much space or they can cause difficulties for you. We’ll have to be defensively aware of the threats they pose.”

Watson is aware of the All Blacks dominance but has no fear of them.

He was centre of attention two years ago during the Lions Tour when he copped a high shot leaving the All Blacks to play with 14 men after Sonny Bill Williams was red carded. The Lions won 24-21 in and later drew the series.

“I respect the prolonged success they’ve had as a team, but the whole aura that surrounds them and the invincible stuff – I never bought into that. They are rugby players and we’re rugby players. We work very hard and they work very hard. They are definitely beatable,” Watson said.

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