Ireland full-back Rob Kearney cautious of Fiji threat
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 14/11/17 6:54am
Rob Kearney believes Fiji could cause Ireland more problems this weekend than South Africa did on Saturday.
Ireland thrashed the Springboks 38-3 at the Aviva Stadium to notch up a record win over the tourists.
In contrast, Fiji only lost 19-10 to Italy in Rome on the same day and when asked if they could prove to be tougher opponents than South Africa, Kearney said: "Potentially, Fiji rested a few guys at the weekend, so they're eyeing it up in some shape or form.
"We know the threats they have and some of their guys are playing as good as they have over the last few years.
"They're definitely a team on the up and improving a huge amount. Individually we know they're very good, but collectively they're improving.
"They look like much more of a well-coached side. It's definitely going to be a big challenge."
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has confirmed Saturday's game in Dublin is a 51,000 sell-out and Leinster full-back Kearney is expecting a tricky encounter.
"They've got some world-class individuals who we know about through the Top14 and the Guinness PRO14 as well," he added.
"They pose a massive threat individually, the key for us is to make sure our systems are in place really well and we don't knock off to give them those individual opportunities.
"The same way South Africa at the weekend have so many talented guys, but if we can work together and make sure there's no chinks in our defensive line, then it's tough for them to showcase their talents."
Watch Ireland v Fiji on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event at 5:15pm.