McKee regrets first half errors

McKee rues first half mistakes against Australia. Photo: Getty Images

McKee rues first half mistakes against Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Fiji coach John McKee said the Wallabies deserved a considerable amount of credit for exploiting the opportunities that presented themselves during their World Cup fixture at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.

McKee felt that his Fiji team made too many errors at critical stages during the match but also thinks the Australians were very professional during those key moments in the game.

“It was a tough night for our team tonight. We came here with high ambitions for this game and felt that if we could be at our very best, we could get a win. All credit to the Wallabies, they played very well,” said McKee after the defeat to Australia.

“However, I felt for periods of the first half we had control of the game. But some errors crept in and they were very good on capitalising on that and taking their opportunities,” added McKee.

The result means that Fiji currently occupy the fourth position on the Pool A standings after two matches. They are also the only team that has played two matches in this tournament, which did spark some concerns about the turnaround time that was afforded to them before the match against Australia.

“That’s the draw of the competition and I don’t think it’s fair or unfair. That’s the way the competition was set up,” added McKee.

Cousins Fiji's Nemani Nadolo and Australia's Tevita Kuridrani hug after the match in Cardiff. Photo: RadioNZ

Cousins Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo and Australia’s Tevita Kuridrani clear all hard feelings after the match in Cardiff. Photo: RadioNZ

The next assignment for Fiji will be a fixture against Pool A leaders Wales, on 1 October. With the prospects of Fiji advancing to the next phase of the tournament significantly diminished, McKee said his team would take some time to clear their minds after the Wallabies defeat.

“We have always said we will take on one game as a time and the next one is Wales. We will regroup after our effort today and let the guys refuel the tanks with some good recovery. We will clear the minds and bodies and then start the preparation for the next week.

“There is massive motivation to look for a win every time we go out there. For us now, to go and play good rugby in two games and come away with no points is disappointing and I think that will give the group extra resolve for next week.”

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