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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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Loose forwards need to negate Pocock

The loose forwards to start in a fortnight for the Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup opener have to be carefully selected with the best openside international flanker David Pocock possibly suiting up at the Sapporo Dome.

Muscled pilferer, David Pocock.

Pocock has been named at his favourite openside flanker position in his return after a six-month layoff through a calf injury; to skipper the Wallabies in their last warm up against Samoa on Saturday in Sydney.

Depending on the position he plays, Pocock has to be closely monitored whether he plays his preferred position at number seven or number 8 where he effectively undermined Fiji’s chances in the last Rugby World Cup.

Skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu who will be opposite Pocock if he plays his normal berth at number 6, has to be doubly alert in the breakdowns where Pocock makes his mark in the first to react and pinch the ball from the carrier.

When given too much time and space, Pocock as he did against the Flying Fijians at the 2015 RWC had a field day in turnover balls which robbed Fiji of control and hard earned possession which they bested the Aussies at 53 percent.

If his counterpart and the whole team keep abreast of the ability of this pilferer, he can be contained and his potential in dominating the game minimised in protecting the ball carrier from the Australians.

An option would be playing Levani Botia at number 6 and moving Waqaniburotu at openside to watch and negate Pocock’s prowess at the breakdowns.

On the opposite number 6 for the Wallabies is incumbent captain Michael Hooper who is not too far behind Pocock in ability and quickness to react in the creation of a breakdown.

Another option is to allow Botia to play a dual role in blindside flanker and inside back intermittently changing with Semi Kunatani or the bigger form of Jale Vatubua who could play number 6 at Wallaby throw-ins at set pieces.

A little variation and unorthodoxy could throw the Aussies off to the Flying Fijians advantage and Kunatani or Vatubua could do with some innovative plays to ignite creativity which naturally breeds energy and enthusiasm.

Flying Fijian skipper Dominiko Waqaniburotu leads Fiji against France at the Stade de France in Paris last November.

The Pocock factor in mauls cost Fiji 12 points in the deficit in the 2015 RWC encounter within five minutes and saw the Wallabies lead 15-3 in the 31st minute at the Millennium Stadium.

If Pocock comes out at Sapporo Dome in a number 8 strip then we will have to pick between Viliame Mata and the stronger Peceli Yato to contain him.

Mata has evidently bulked up after three seasons with Guinness premier for Edinburgh but Yato with a longer service for his Clermont club in the Top 14 has a few years advantage in experience and gym work to match the Australian champion ball hunter.

The Nadroga loosie needs to check his exuberance though, with fiery exchanges which cost the team 10 minutes with 14 players after copping a yellow card after retaliating threw punches at the Tongans in their last warm up at Eden Park.

The Australians who have returned from a 10-day bonding and intensive training in Noumea have prepared well for the rugby showpiece in Japan and will come fired up for their first match on September 21.

It maybe a coincidence but the Pacific rivals clashed on almost the same date four years ago at the Cardiff stadium which saw the Australians defeat Fiji 28-13.

  • FRB will be looking at the different positions for the Flying Fijians in their RWC introduction first match against Australia in the next few posts.

Semi Kunatani in his Yamacia outfit.

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One-week ban for Waqaniburotu

Dominiko Waqaniburotu (2nd left) tip tackles Jonny May in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Matthew Impey/Rex Shutterstock

Dominiko Waqaniburotu (2nd left) tip tackles Jonny May in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Matthew Impey/Rex Shutterstock

Dominiko Waqaniburotu of Fiji has been suspended for one week after admitting an act of foul play.

Following a review of broadcast footage, Waqaniburotu was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Douglas Hunter (Scotland) under Law 10.4(j) for a ‘dangerous tip tackle’ in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match against England.

The case was heard by Independent Judicial Officer Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland) in accordance with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Disciplinary process.

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Sponsors foot the bill for PM’s World Cup visit

Coach John McKee is welcomed officially by Rugby Union official Bill Beaumont. Photo: Fiji Rugby

Coach John McKee is welcomed officially by Rugby Union official Bill Beaumont. Photo: Fiji Rugby

The Vodafone led consortium of sponsors for the Fiji Rugby Union – are paying for the Prime Minister and President of FRU Voreqe Bainimarama to attend the Rugby World Cup in England.

Vodafone Fiji Chairman Ajith Kodagoda says the decision was made after World Rugby announced it was not in a position to sponsor the Prime Minister.

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Fijian star joins Brive

Benedito Masilevu (R) leads an attack for Fiji. Photo: News Limited

Benedito Masilevu (R) leads an attack for Fiji. Photo: News Limited

Brive have announced the signing of Sevens international finisher Benito Masilevu, who has become the latest Fijian player to arrive in French rugby.

The 24-year-old flyer was the second highest try-scorer on this season’s IRB Sevens World Series, scoring 27 tries over the nine-leg tournament.

Masilevu joins fellow Fijians Sisaro Koyamaibole, Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Malakai Radikadike in their ranks ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

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Nadolo rated best centre

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo was rated the best inside centre from all the Test matches that were played last weekend.

According to Planet Rugby, Nadolo after taking the Super Rugby by storm was “of similar style and stature to Jonah Lomu.” Nadolo opened the account for Fiji scoring in the first half.

Planet Rugby analysts were also surprised with Nadolo’s boot after he took over the kicking duties, kicking two penalties and two conversions.

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