Fiji to work on techniques to counter New Zealand
July 22, 2018 1:02 am
Fiji Airways Men’s 7s Prop Leone Nakarawa says that they will need work on their set piece and some techniques in order to counter their opponent New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semifinal.
Speaking to World Rugby, Nakarawa says they are ready in some aspects but need to work on one thing.
“It’s all about being mentally focused now, because spiritually wise is done and physically wise is done. It’s all about mentally now.”
Nakarawa says that heading to the third day of the tournament, it’s vital to start well as all teams are there to upset their opponent.
He adds that they must stay focused individually and as a team, come tomorrow.
The prop says that they are not worried about New Zealand as they will continue with what they do best.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Kurt Baker says that it will be history all over again when they play Fiji tomorrow.
“I suppose that’s the ultimate 7s battle. We will go home, recover and look forward to a good old match tomorrow. Suppose its history, from day dot, those two teams have been so dominant in World 7s so it’s been the two for a very long time now, I suppose that’s what keeps it interesting for the fans.”
Blitzboks forward, Werner Kok says they will take each game at a time.
“I think every game is a game, you don’t go on the pitch to lose. you just put a little more pressure on the guy’s playing, you don’t get a second chance.”
England’s Phil Burgess says they respect the South African team but will bring all they can in the semi’s.
“Well I think you know world series champions back to back, they are an incredible side and they’ve got threats across the team, aggressive in defence and attack. Its about us going back, re-setting, resting up, getting back in the same place as we were today and going again tomorrow and all about us going into it. We respect what they are about and I think it will be about us putting down the performance for the last time of the season and see what happens, leave it all out there.”
Fiji plays New Zealand in the second semifinal at 8.02am tomorrow while South Africa will take on England in the first semifinal at 7.40am.
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