The Georgian Rugby team Head Coach Milton Haig says his team is training hard in preparation for what he anticipates will be a tough match game against the Flying Fijians this Saturday for the 2018 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.
Haig says the team has in the past 13 days since their arrival to Fiji, adapted to the heat and the climate and ‘everything is going well’. Last week, Georgia beat Tonga, fifteen to sixteen, and are hoping to do the same this weekend, beat the Fijian team. However, the northern hemisphere team did have two-minute drink breaks due to the Pacific heat and humidity.
”Saturday’s game is a chance to claim the title of the Pacific cup,” Haig said.
“We want to make sure we do everything we can to possibly have a good result, everyone understands what’s on the line for this, cause this is the Pacific Nations Cup between Georgia and Fiji.”
“For us to have an opportunity to take the Pacific Cup back to Europe is quite a cool scenario, so again, we’ve prepared well and we’re ready”.
Haig discussed some training tactics stating the Georgians have been focusing on and the strengths of the Fijian team they are going to come up against.
“Everybody in the world knows how Fiji play, you know, they’ve got world class backs, they’ve got some very good forwards. For us it’s just trying to replicate what we do, help Georgia’s play. It is just about making sure we can execute our game plan come Saturday”.
Haig says forward play has always been a strength of the Georgian team.
“We’re renowned for our scrummaging and our line outs and our mauls, It’s a strength of ours so again, we won’t change that, but, it’s just about making sure that we do other things as well. Making sure that we, when we’re under pressure, get out. Then, once we get into an opportunity to score points we make sure we take them”.
Georgia are hoping to repeat the result of 2016 test where they beat the Fijian team.
“We didn’t come down here just to make up the numbers. We came down here to win matches and so obviously that’s our goal (to beat Fiji). We understand that Fiji obviously want revenge after the defeat that they had two years ago. Both teams are going to be ready and motivated about it, it’s going to be a really tough but entertaining game I’m sure”.
By Beth Murray. Images by Jone Luvenitoga