‘Attacking’ Mindset

 Vern Cotter and his coaching staff to review game and give feedback to players
08 Dec 2020 14:47
 ‘Attacking’ Mindset
From left: Serupepeli Vularika, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra, Simione Kuruvoli, Levani Botia, Nemani Nadolo and Mesulame Kunavula in the dressing room after their 38-24 win against Georgia at Murrayfield on December 5, 2020. Photo: Autumn Nations Cup

The Flying Fi­jians played with an ‘at­tacking’ mindset in their 38-24 Autumn Nations Cup win over Georgia at Murrayfield on Sunday morning.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said this resulted in their six tries.

Burly winger Nemani Nadolo scored three tries while the other tries came from Johnny Dyer, Josua Tuisova and Mesulame Ku­navula.

“I thought the players played well with great spirit and attitude,” Cot­ter said.

“This despite the limited prepara­tion and abysmal conditions (rain, hail and cold),”

Cotter said they were still going to work on all areas of their game.

“I mean everything,” he reiter­ated.

“We will review the game and give a feedback to the players before we get together again and there is go­ing to be competition for positions.

Cotter also praised captain Semi Radradra for his good leadership.

“There were great exchanges be­tween the experienced players and the new caps.”

Openside flanker Mesulame Ku­navula was described a ‘beast’ in his Test debut against Georgia.

The Edinburgh powerhouse played the full 80 minutes and re­corded the following statistics.

Meanwhile, Eddie Jones lashed out at England’s “disrespectful” critics after they squeezed over the line to clinch the Autumn Nations Cup title, claiming he would not be in a job if his side sacrificed their win-at-all-costs policy for a more attractive but less successful style.

England needed a last-minute con­verted try from Luke Cowan Dickie to force extra time against a severe­ly weakened France side before the captain, Owen Farrell, secured a sudden death 22-19 victory with a 96th minute penalty, having missed a straightforward kick earlier in extra time.

“The game goes through evolu­tions and cycles and the law inter­pretation is certainly significant in that and we are just going through one of those tough cycles,” said Jones.

“Haven’t you seen rugby go through these cycles before? I find it all a bit childish – all this talk. I’m sorry.

“Obviously, you have to win. If we don’t win, we don’t coach. Every­one knows that – so let’s be quite blunt about that. Sometimes you can’t play good rugby. Had we run the ball from everywhere and got turned over 30 times and beaten 30-15 you’d have said: ‘Why didn’t we kick the ball more?’ Be respectful to the players.

“Would we like to run the ball more? Possibly yes, but not if we’re not going to win games of rugby. Can I just say I think you are being totally disrespectful to the players the way you criticise the rugby.”

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