Fiji to target Wales back row as they chase Rugby World Cup upset
Wales vs Fiji
Wednesday 9th October
Fiji will look to put stress on Wales rejigged rear in their Rugby World Cup battle as the Pacific islanders seem to maintain their subdued quarter-final hopes coach John McKee explained.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has elected to rest Justin Tipuric for the Pool D game at Oita Stadium, leading to James Davies at openside flanker.
Put simply Welsh tweaks, Ross Moriarty has been promoted to start at No 8, together with Josh Navidi switching around to the blindside.
McKee has brought Viliame Mata into his row, together using the Edinburgh forwards named in place of the benched Peceli Yato at No 8.
The only real change to the Fiji starting Olympic rugby sevens gold medallist Mata will endure with openside flanker Semi Kunatani and ruler Dominiko Waqaniburotu.
We have got some rather good back rowers, and whichever way we all perform them, its a really strong, strong back row on the park, said McKee.
We can determine what a strong side they are about the breakdown. Among the battles is there.
Wales definitely look to attack the ball around the carriers and try to win turnovers or slow the ball up. That will be a critical area for us, firstly to make sure we get great continuity and secondly, were capable to get fast ball.
Having lost both pool games from Uruguay and Australia, success in their final clash against Wales would keep Fiji in contention for those quarter-finals, but they would require the Welsh or the Wallabies to slide up in their final matches to go through.
Pool D leaders Australia play Georgia in their game, while Wales meet Uruguay.
We see that this final pool match as both a challenge and a chance, its important to finish the pool stage on a high note, said McKee.
We carry some momentum and confidence out of the Georgia match and at precisely the same time understand we have to step up in functionality in this match as itll be of a greater intensity
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Wyn Jones, two Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Josh Navidi, seven James Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin.
Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Lepani Botia, 11 Semi Radradra, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani; 1 Campese Maafu, two Samuel Matavesi, 3 Manasa Saulo, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), seven Semi Kunatani, 8 Viliame Mata.
Replacements: 23 Josh Matavesi, 16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Peni Ravai, 19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 20 Peceli Yato, 21 Nikola Matawalu, 22 Jale Vatubua.
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