Uruguay is the only Rugby World Cup 2015 team still to score a try this year. I hope we score tomorrow.
Samoa’s dream of a quarterfinal berth had been “shamefully crushed”, it added, lamenting “what has so far been a woeful World Cup campaign for the men in blue”.
Having faced England, Australia and Wales, the Pacific Islanders bow out of the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, knowing that things might have turned out differently had the Flying Fijians not been drawn in the toughest pool. Indiscipline has not helped the cause of coach John McKee’s side and the New Zealander expressed concerns after the captain’s run on Monday.
One sour note for Fiji came with prop Manasa Saulo’s 10-week ban on Sunday for stamping on Wales lock Luke Charteris. “This is a concern for us”, McKee admitted. We are stringently looked over for any indiscretions in every game.
MOST FEARED Nadolo (pictured above) needs four tries to equal Fiji’s record for most tries held by Sanivalati Laulau, who scored 20 between 1980 and 1985.
At 21, hooker German Kessler is Uruguay’s youngest player.
“We are a better team now than we were last November”, said McKee.
He only took up rugby five years ago when he went along to a club with his older brother. “They have big runners with gas and physicality”.
“It is our best opportunity (to win) and, without disrespect to Fiji, it is the only Tier Two team we will play”, Uruguay coach Pablo Lemoine said. “He can appear from everywhere and is quite hard”.
And his unavailability, together with that of injured scrum-half star Niko Matawalu, has unquestionably increased Fiji’s task.
As the cover defence closed in on the speedster 10 yards inside the Welsh half, he floated a basketball pass inside to his opposite winger, the 1.88m giant Montpelier flyer Timoci Nagusa who upped the ante, cutting across the field to take out three of the black-shirted defenders with his unpredictable line.
We have been blessed with our fair share of exciting matches in this World Cup already, but this one is right up there in terms of excitement and intensity.
Wales made heavier work of it than they would have liked but prevailed 23-13 in an entertaining and sometimes breathless Pool A clash against Fiji on Thursday to move a step closer to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.