Speed wins

VODAFONE Flying Fijians coach John McKee said speed out wide was the key to their 2017 Pacific Nations Cup win at Apia Park in Samoa yesterday.

After seeing how his boys played the opening 40 minutes, McKee said his message in the change room at half time was to play the edges.

Two of the three unanswered tries in the second half were scored when the Fijians used quick passing out wide to outplay the Samoa defence.

“We were our own enemies in the first half,” McKee said. “We let Samoa into the game with a number of penalties we gave away in the first half.

“But the message at half time was to use the edges and make use of our speed.

“We also we had to improve our discipline in the second half.”

McKee said they knew if they continued playing in the second half like they had played the first half, the result would have been different.

The Kiwi said he was honoured to be part of this tough group of players.

“During this campaign, we’ve set ourselves a benchmark,” he said.

“Everything we’ve achieved came on the back of all the hard work we’ve done on and off the field.

“Now we’ve secured ourselves a 2019 Rugby World Cup spot, we want to keep improving.

“This team has shown a lot of improvement during this campaign,” the national coach said.

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