November 20, 2021
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We want to finish on a high note: Baber

Interim Vodafone Flying Fijians Coach Gareth Baber says the thinking behind the game against Georgia on Sunday is to finish the November tour on a high note.

He said some of the decisions prior to selecting the final team has been based around what’s going to contribute to being able to put a winning and excellent performance by the players starting or those coming off the bench.

“We will be playing our third and final game so it’s about energy and experience as we prepare to go against a good and physical Georgian pack.”

Baber said they have kept the squad balanced knowing that all the players need to get the game time before the tour ends.
 
“We are trying to create and keep the same momentum which we started with against Spain in our first match and also have the experience and physicality to be able to prevent Georgia from getting into the game.

“The team has been well led by Waisea Nayacalevu. Vilimoni Botitu at centre has been outstanding with the quality he brings into the game plus Josua Tuisova and Setareki Tuicuvu have given their best performance so far” said Baber.

Meanwhile, Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter said that it's important the players stick to the game plan and understand that they are as good and powerful as their opponents.

"We need to keep in mind that when their physical contact and we are capable of beating them one on one and keep scoring tries.

We just need to keep bringing these aspects of the game but bring discipline and become more accurate" said Cotter.

"The strategy has been decided and the players should follow it.

“Let’s be accurate on our line-outs, line outcalls, not put pressure on ourselves by making errors or giving referees the opportunity to penalize us and let’s enjoy the game and not make the game difficult for us.”

The Vodafone Flying Fijians take on Georgia at Estadio Municipal El Deleite 2.30am (Fiji Time).

By Reginald Chandar


 


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