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Game Transition Worry

The problem is backing up per­formances. Against the All Blacks I thought we were performing better than our first game.
25 Nov 2021 14:47
Game Transition Worry
Vern Cotter, Flying Fijians head coach.

Game transition is a concern says Flying Fijian coach Vern Cotter.

“After our Test match against the New Zealand All Blacks in July and lately the Autumn Test series, there is the lack of consistency from the players,” Cotter said.

“It continually reoccurs and it is a worry. The problem comes out from a big game to another game.

“The problem is backing up per­formances. Against the All Blacks I thought we were performing better than our first game.

“We need to get the attitude and mindset sorted out; the players need to know that they need to back per­formances up.

“You just can’t have one good game, get a pat on the back and that’s it.

“We got to show character and un­derstand that if we give the oppo­sition access to the game they will take advantage of it.”

Cotter said the transition was evi­dent in the Flying Fijians’ perfor­mance against Georgia.

“We left some key messages with them to take heading into that game,” he said.

“Coming out of Wales, discipline was one and we had limited access to that last week which was frustrat­ing; it was understandable because they were people on the ground and could see things that we couldn’t.

“Despite this we got into position to score points but managed to get things wrong unfortunately. We were more intent in the second half, we created more chances but we let those try scoring opportunities slip by.”

This, he said, indicated that the Flying Fijians needed to start their games with “intent, purpose and ag­gression.”

“This must be done week in and week out,” he added.

Cotter and the coaching staff were unable to join the Flying Fijians due to quarantine regulations in Eu­rope.

Cotter and team were monitoring the team’s performance and regu­larly communicating with the tem­porary coaching staff, led by Gareth Baber.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians had opened the November tour with a 43-13 win over Spain in Madrid before going down 38-23 to Wales in Cardiff. They later drew 15-all against Geor­gia in Madrid also.

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