Radradra at left wing a miff

Semi Radradra scores a try against France last November. Photo: World Rugby

The announcement by Flying Fijians coach John McKee yesterday to put Semi Radradra on the left wing will have the Australians working overtime wracking their mental faculties on the puzzling alteration.

Here is the key weapon McKee has been utilizing as outside centre to break defense structures in the November tour in Europe and Pacific Nations Cup; all of a sudden he names Radradra on the wideout . . . puzzling.

If the Wallaby defence is not attuned to the Fijian scheme putting him there, they will be in for a surprise, for sure.

Fiji’s back three named yesterday were Radradra on the left, Josua Tuisova on the right flank and Kini Murimurivalu at the back who are tested veterans for the Flying Fijians and all secure in their defence and devastating on attack.

Murimurivalu is safe with the high balls which will definitely be tested by Wallaby fly-half Christian Leali’ifano to set his speedy wingers Marika Koroibete and Reece Hodge on the edges for quick fire tries; so Radradra and Tuisova have to be on high alert to contain them.

The Lami villager has a quiet personality but has a tendency to pull surprises at times with his attacks from the back.

Kini Murimurivalu is a steady influence will start at fullback. Photo: Zimbio

It is too bad, high ball exponent and finisher Isi Folau has been tied up in controversy and the courts which has ruled him out for the tournament; so the rate of high ball scoring opportunities has been reduced considerably for the Australians.

Radradra has the skills to breakdown defenses but will need back up for finishing with speedsters on hand to complete the move from afar.

The Radradra component includes guile, strength and side steps to break up the defence with his deployment on the left flank, Hodge has his work cut out all afternoon at containing the Somosomo winger.

On the right, Tuisova has the size and strength to run straight at the defence ramming over them before using his speed to outpace the last vestiges of opposition.

The options for the halves at the end of the line in distributing the ball is clear, if you need a bulldozer go right, if you want guile, strength and busting defenses, go left.

On the bench coming on in the second half would be Alifereti Veitokani for subbing fullback Murimurivalu or Vereniki Goneva on the bench for the wings will come in looking for work with only 20-30 minutes left in the match.

The back three defence need to be wary of the scything runs by Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale who is usually set up with the ball from five to 20 metres out and usually scoots in for tries at top kilter.

Fiji’s right winger Josua Tuisova enjoys running straight at the defence. Photo: LHRugby

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