1. Shut­ting down Fiji scrum-half Nikola Matawalu

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 -

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.

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