1. Shutting down Fiji scrum-half Nikola Matawalu
Matawalu is so good, so dangerous, so imbued with the X-factor that I have signed him from Glasgow for Bath for next season. He is so unpredictable, such a maverick, that he will probably have me tearing my hair out. But that is his strength, that is his point of difference. You do not know what he will do at any given moment.
If he is prominent tonight, then Fiji will be in the game. He is the heartbeat of that side, bringing energy and possibility to everything. But if Andy Farrell’s well-drilled defence is the dominant factor, then England will be on top.
It is no use players going after Matawalu one-on-one. He will sidestep you, offload and Fiji are up and away. It has to be a systems thing, the line moving up together and doing their job.
It has got to be a complete shutout because Niko can win a game on his own, as he showed against Canada last week, and before that, in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa.
He is quick, he is sharp and he wants to play. England must not kick loosely either as he is often in the backfield looking to counterattack. England need to be on their guard.