Editorial comment – What a beauty

The Flying Fijians celebrate after defeating France 21-14 at the Stade De France stadium in Paris, France. Picture: AP PHOTO

What a beauty that was!

Who would have thought that we would actually thump the Tricolores at Stade de France!

The loss to Scotland two weekends ago would have placed us on a rather weak platform heading into yesterday’s clash even though we thrashed Uruguay the previous weekend. France are no pushovers in world rugby.

The Jacques Brunel side had defeated Argentina 28-13 a week earlier In fact they were hot favourites heading into yesterday’s clash.

Someone, however, forgot to tell the Flying Fijians that. We went in as minnows and came off with new found respect.

Yesterday’s 21-14 victory sets the platform for quite an interesting campaign leading up to next year’s World Cup in Japan.

When the Test ended yesterday, you could actually see emotion written all over national coach John McKee’s face.

He acknowledged each member of his team at the end of the torrid encounter. He was beaming with pride.

It is quite difficult to shrug aside the impact of our win yesterday.

For our game, the win catapults us onto the platform reserved for the Tier 1 nations.

There were obviously many heroes in our team.

You couldn’t shrug off the fact that victory was bounced off a solid pack though.

Our scrums held up quite well.

Our backrowers were competitive in general play, our attacks were strategic, chewing up territory and nullifying the opposition numbers.

In the end though what has to get special mention is the fact that we stayed composed in the final 15 minutes of the game. Our set pieces were strong, our attacks were focused and our defensive shape was simply awesome.

We were enthusiastic until the end. There was passion and great commitment.

We were reading the Tricolores’ attacks, and basically picking them off with vigour. It was nail-biting stuff. When we attacked, we were breath-taking. We ran with determination and pace to burn.

We passed well and we defended very strongly. Understandably McKee will be keen to address our defence against the rolling maul and has from now until the World Cup to put in place a plan for the Flying Fijians. Tries to Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova lifted the Flying Fijians.

Fly-half Ben Volavola called the shots at number 10 and kicked 11 points to carry us through to our historic Test victory over France.

Great effort! Great team! Great game! Go Fiji, go.

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