England, Wales eye finals

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Braves Blossoms lost their steam in their quarterfinals against South Africa. Photo: NikkeiAsia

In spite of the last minute effort by the Welsh to comeback and snatch a win from France; the Red Dragons look the better contender to advance to the finals against England in a fortnight.

Watching the game on television last night, the French had done enough to win the match but didn’t have the killer punch to amass enough points to keep the margin clear from the grasp of the Six Nations champion, Wales.

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Flying Fijians have landed

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The Flying Fijians acknowledge the crowd after beating Georgia 45-10 at the Hanazono Stadium. Photo: Yahoo

The Flying Fijians have landed back home to a mild reception after a mediocre Rugby World Cup tournament finishing third in their Pool D with Wales topping the five teams.

After fans got hyped up with the big names in the team, a mixed bag of results with warm up matches with the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup, there was high hopes and foreboding thoughts simultaneously.

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Typhoon may hand Fiji a place

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Wales sing their national anthem before their win against Australia. Photo: BBC

The introduction of Super Typhoon Hagibis to the Rugby World Cup which threatens the last pool matches over the weekend would very likely favour the Flying Fijians.

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Setting precedents

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Flying Fijians outside centre Waisea Nayacalevu on the way to scoring a try against Georgia. Photo: World Rugby

If Pool D precedence is anything to go by Wales has the opportunity to knock Fiji out of the pool and the Rugby World Cup tomorrow night at the Oita Bank Dome.
Let’s take a look at the precedent set by the pool teams and the conclusion we can derive from them.
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Volavola dictates from the pocket

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Fiji’s left winger Semi Radradra loses an aerial battle against his Georgian counterpart. Photo: World Rugby

After four years of being groomed in the pocket of intense pressure, coach John McKee is beginning to see the fruits of nurturing and belief in fly-half Ben Volavola in the dismantling of the strong Georgians with a 45-10 scoreline yesterday in their third match of the Rugby World Cup.

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McKee IDs Georgia’s power

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Georgia’s Alexander Todua is brought down by Uruguay’s Manuel Ardao in their pool match on Sunday. Photo: World Rugby

Flying Fijians coach John McKee has identified the strength of the Georgians in their pool D match today at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium which is their only hope of regaining some semblance of dignity after the two losses in as many games at the Rugby World Cup.

“We know Georgia’s strengths and are prepared for a battle around the set pieces and the breakdown” McKee told Fiji Rugby Union.

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Suva in somber mood

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Uruguay players and fans celebrate after defeating Fiji 27-30 at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. Photo: World Rugby

The mood in the city of Suva this morning was somber with the grey clouds and rain confirming the feeling of failure and mourning after the Flying Fijians shock 27-30 loss to Uruguay at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium two days ago.

Gone were most of the blue flags which fluttered from over 50 percent of cars heading for work on Wednesday morning.

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Fiji needs two bonus points wins (with a whiff of a chance) to advance

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Flanker Peceli Yato attacks for Fiji in their first pool match against Australia last Saturday. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji needs a miracle to advance to the playoffs of the Rugby World Cup after the shock 27-30 loss to Uruguay yesterday at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

With the two points gained; one from the four tries scored and the other point by losing by less the seven points; Fiji needs to see the results from the seeded teams; Australia and especially Wales to falter with no bonus points to advance.

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Rolling maul dilemma

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Wallaby hooker Tolu Latu receives the Player of the Match award after the Fiji, Wallabies match at the Sapporo Dome. Latu scored two tries through rolling mauls. Photo: World Rugby

Within five minutes the Australians used it in the 2015 Rugby World Cup then on Saturday ditto; scoring two tries by the rolling mauls.

In the 2015 version, champion open-side flanker David Pocock was at the back of the moving mauls scoring in the 26th and 31st minutes, on Saturday it was hooker Tolu Latu scored two in the 56th and 61st minutes.

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Next match needs veterans, youth

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Alifereti Veitokani lines up a shot for the Flying Fijians. Photo: Getty Images

The 23-member team to face Uruguay need to have a balance of experience and youth to make sure Fiji notches a bonus points win yet have a fresh squad to face Georgia next Thursday.

The Flying Fijians have a few players who did not play against Australia who could be named in the starting 15 for the Los Teros at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium at Kamaishi on the northern area of Honshu.

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