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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