Defence plot

LOOSEN bolts need to be tightened in the defence of the Vodafone Flying Fijians ahead of the Samoa clash in the US.

Head coach John McKee said Samoa would bring physical and attacking rugby with them.

“Some of the players would be a little bit disappointed after making some of the unforced errors. The errors need to be rectified before this week’s game against Samoa and Rugby World Cup,” McKee said.

“It is a pretty exciting team which we have got and I am sure the public would see our progress through the PNC. We have got some big games and we want to do well to set ourselves for the big task ahead.

“Samoa is a little bit more dynamic and dangerous in their attack but certainly they bring the same physicality into the game.”

The Samoans showed physical and skilful game of rugby against All Blacks.

McKee said the coaching staff would map out a game plan to counter their Pacific rivals.

“We know what and how Samoa will play against us and just like we had a very physical game in the weekend and we will have another one,” he added.

“We are working on our game plan and strategies and also on our skill in the specific areas. We need to improve in our ruck area to improve where the few penalties were against us. We need to make sure that our skills are there so that we can win the contest in that area without infringing and also in defence we need to improve our line speed.”

McKee revealed he would work on the backline to make players comfortable with one another come the Rugby World Cup.

“We could not get many opportunities in the backs against Tonga. It was hard to test our combination but when we make changes we need to keep working on developing our combination,” he added.

“We are trying different combinations so that by the time we get to the Rugby World Cup the players are comfortable with each other. We have got a lot of time together and every week we are working on all the aspects of the game.”

Nikola Matawalu is highly likely to start at scrum-half in place of Henry Seniloli. The team departs for the US today.

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