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Gilmore Tells Of Winning Game Plan

Australia A coach, Jason Gilmore, revealed how he mapped out his plan on how to stop the Vodafone Flying Fijians in their Pacific Nations Cup clash, last Saturday.
11 Jul 2022 16:45
Gilmore Tells Of Winning Game Plan
Vodafone Flying Fijians winger Josua Tuisova runs the ball out of his territory against Australia A during the Pacific Nations Cup clash on July 9, 2022. Australia A won 32-18 Photo: Leon Lord

Australia A coach, Jason Gilmore, revealed how he mapped out his plan on how to stop the Vodafone Flying Fijians in their Pacific Nations Cup clash, last Saturday.

When the Flying Fijians named Manasa Mataele at fullback while Josua Tuisova and Vinaya Habosi were on the wings, Gil­more knew they were under a lot of threat.

The Fijian players, he says, maybe very physical but there had been questions about their kicking game and this was where he focused on.

“We knew Fiji got some threats that are very physical especially with Tuisova, Ha­bosi floating around the field and Mataele at fullback,” Gilmore said.

“We needed to be really sharp defensively. The boys stuck to the task really well.”

Gilmore who is the defence coach of the NSW Waratahs used his kickers of half­back Ryan Lonergan, Ben Donaldson at No.10 and Jock Campbell at fullback to place kicks deep inside the Fiji territory.

This is where the loose forwards led the charge of pressuring the Fijians into mis­takes as they opted to run the ball out in­stead of kicking it.

Gilmore applauded the way his side gained huge territorial advantage with what he terms as ‘smart kicks’.

“Yes, you got to make sure that when you give Fiji the ball, you give it to them in the right area.

“You certainly we don’t want to be throw­ing the ball to Fiji because that’s where they’re most dangerous,” he added.

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