1 Jun 2013

Sport: Japan target Fiji's backs in PNC clash

6:26 am on 1 June 2013

Japan coach Eddie Jones says his players will need to keep a close watch on Fiji's backline if they're to have any chance of winning this afternoon's Pacific Nations Cup rugby clash in Lautoka.

The Brave Blossoms lost their opening PNC clash against Tonga 27-17 last weekend, with Jones saying his team were beaten at the breakdown.

The former Wallabies coach says traditionally the Flying Fijians have had the better of their encounters and Japan's chances will rest on shutting down the home side's biggest attacking weapons.

"You know with Fiji they've always got wonderful running backs, they've always got big guys with pace and power. Historically Japan and Fiji have played 14 tests, and Fiji have won 11 of them, and the only way we're going to change that record is to make sure we cut down those big athletic runners in the backs."

Following today's game Japan will host Wales in a two-test home series, while Fiji travel to Canada for their next PNC match on Thursday morning.