OSAKA Fiji wanted to make a statement after losing to Australia and Uruguay in their opening two World Cup games, and a seven-try thrashing of Georgia was just the way to do it, coach John McKee said on Thursday.
KOBE Georgia coach Milton Haig says his players were left bitterly disappointed by their performance after being thumped 45-10 by Fiji on Thursday but was confident they would be able to lift themselves off the floor to face Australia in eight days' time.
OSAKA Fiji finally found their feet at the Rugby World Cup with a dominant 45-10 victory over Georgia on Thursday as their jet-heeled backs tore their Pool D rivals apart in a seven-try rout at a rain-drenched Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
KOBE, Oct 3 Scotland have no complaints about the World Cup schedule despite Gregor Townsend's side being at a huge disadvantage for the Pool A finale against hosts Japan, says hooker Fraser Brown.
KOBE Scotland's final Pool A clash with Japan is looming as a quarter-final eliminator but for scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw the improvements shown by lower-tier sides at the Rugby World Cup means it would be a mistake to look beyond their next opponents Russia.
Hot, humid weather in Japan has left players struggling to catch even the simplest of passes at the Rugby World Cup but Georgia captain Merab Sharikadze hopes practising with a ball dunked in soapy water will help them get to grips with the conditions.
KOBE Fiji's World Cup campaign has yet to get off the ground after defeats to Australia and Uruguay in their opening Pool D matches and while Georgia might once have seemed like the ideal bounce-back game the Europeans now present a very real threat.
KOBE Bonus points helped Scotland deprive Japan of a quarter-final place at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and Gregor Townsend's side may again need their help to deny the 'Brave Blossoms' a spot in the knockout stages this time around.
KOBE Samoa's hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals suffered a body blow on Monday when they were beaten 34-0 by Scotland but coach Steve Jackson says his side are still in with a shout of advancing from Pool A.
KOBE, Japan, Sept 30 Scotland's limp defeat to Ireland in their World Cup opener prompted questions about the squad's heart and desire but head coach Gregor Townsend said his players had proved their mettle in Monday's bonus-point win over Samoa.