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Better scrums

Arin Kumar
Saturday, June 21, 2014

EXPECT better scrums from the Vodafone Flying Fijians in the Pacific Nations Cup match against Samoa today.

So says coach John McKee who said their scrum had improved a lot in the past two weeks and they were confident of a good outing against Samoa at the ANZ Stadium today.

"Our scrums will be a lot better tomorrow (today) than it was two weeks ago," he said.

"We did a lot of hard work in there so there will be a tough battle in the scrums.

"Our preparation was good this week and because of our work in the past two weeks, we did less this week and the players are fresh for this game."

McKee said halfback Nikola Matawalu and centre Nemani Nadolo would be key men for Fiji but all players would need to play their part in the team.

"There is a big head to head clash at halfbacks but so do they all (player). Nikola is important to our game but it's also the 15 on the field. He is a great asset with a lot of speed.

"Nadolo is amazing and he has become our main kicker in this series and he would be the kicker tomorrow (today) as well.

"And it's a great opportunity for two local boys (Leroy Atalifo and Isoa Donaldson) to earn their first caps tomorrow (today)."

McKee highlighted Fiji should be disciplined when inside their own half so that they don't give away too many kickable penalties to Samoan flyhalf Tusi Pisi who scored all the points in their 15-0 win over Italy last week.

Captain Akapusi Qera said he was looking forward to the game and the four changes in the side would not affect their game plan.

"This new squad is all about rotation and getting the boys fresh for next week and giving each player a chance.

"I have faith in the boys that have come into the team and we will put in a performance that the country can be proud of."

McKee added that rain would not be a problem to them today.

"The condition is fantastic and even if there is some rain we would be able to play an open game of rugby."

The match kicks off at 3pm.

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