Rugby World Cup 2019: Fiji delighted with statement win over Georgia

Fiji coach John McKee is pleased with his side's statement 45-10 Rugby World Cup win over Georgia on Thursday. 

McKee said the team were determined to show their true colours, after losing their opening two World Cup games to Uruguay and Australia. 

Defeat to the improving Georgians would have consigned them to yet another first-round exit at the World Cup.

But with their fleet-footed backs in full flight, the Fijians scythed through Georgia at will in a stunning second-half performance, scoring seven tries at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

"Very pleased with the performance of the flying Fijians today," said McKee. 

"We really countered Georgia in their areas of strength. It was a long arm wrestle in the first half and into the second half.

"Very pleasing to see us finally show some of our flair and talent at this World Cup. It was a great team performance to finish so strongly."

Former Australia rugby league international Semi Radradra grabbed a brace, and helped set up scores for centre Waisea Nayacalevu, halfback  Frank Lomani and fellow winger Josua Tuisova.

"Semi is a world-class player," McKee said. "Probably by his own standards, he's been a bit quiet at this World Cup so far, but today he showed the quality he brings to the game."

McKee said he was pleased to see Fiji show what they are truly capable of at the World Cup.

"The boys were really hurting after the Uruguay game. They really wanted to make a statement today.

"They're very proud to represent their country and deep down, they wanted to express themselves as rugby players today."

Fiji wrap up their group play against Wales on October 9 in Oita.

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