Jacobson looking forward to breakdown battle

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Jacobson said he was delighted to get another chance to start at No8. As exciting as it was to play when coming off the bench, it was even more so when starting and getting into the action straight away.

 

There had been a lot of talk about the breakdown, but that was something he was looking forward as he enjoyed the physical match-ups.

 

It was part of his game where he tried to bring some point of difference.

 

"There's been a bit of chat around the breakdown. Fiji did pretty well in that area last week but we've spent a little bit of time on that this week, not only the breakdown but our carry as well, and getting that right so it makes it a lot easier for the cleanout. We're looking forward to imposing a pretty physical threat there as well," he said.

 


Wing Will Jordan said he was looking forward to starting against the Fijians. He said he had fond memories as he was moving through the grades of watching Nemani Nadolo for the Crusaders.

 

"If he's in the 11 jersey for Fiji it will be cool to come up against him and across the backline they've got some exciting players," he said.

 

It wasn't just a forward effort that would decide the game, it was a team effort, and the backs had to contribute to that.

 

One of the important aspects of preparation was working on backline chemistry during the week. It helped that he worked regularly with David Havili at the Crusaders and Damian McKenzie at fullback from their game against Tonga. He said he hadn't played often with centre Anton Lienert-Brown in the last two years, but he was a great communicator who was very experienced.

 

"I've really enjoyed getting to know his game over the last three or four days and we'll just keep building towards Saturday night," he said.

 

The relationship with McKenzie was helped from his having played fullback, so he understood what McKenzie was looking for. It also helped that McKenzie had also played on the wing.

 

Jordan, who scored five tries in his last outing against Tonga, said his try-scoring was a reflection of being on the end 'of a pretty slick train', and it was nice to be able to finish off the work.

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