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Fijians Gear For Top 14

Fijians Gear For Top 14
Peceli Yato.
August 22
09:58 2016

 

The French Top 14 competition got underway this weekend. Many of our rugby players like Nemani Nadolo and Sisa Waqa played for their clubs for the first time as well. Former Vodafone Flying Fijian centre Albert Vulivuli made a comeback from injury as he appeared for Racing 92 while young Jale Vatubua continues to impress for Pau.

 

Rokocoko, Vulivuli fail to lift Racing

Defending Top 14 champions Racing 92 suffered a 15-9 loss in their season’s opener against Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday.

Apart from Dan Carter, Racing also fielded Fijian born All Black winger Joe Rokocoko and former Flying Fijian second-five eighth Albert Vulivuli.

Bordeaux-Bègles got their campaign off to a fine start when they claimed a hard-fought 15-9 victory over the defending champions.

Vatubua scores but Pau lose opener

Castres scored a 28-11 win over Pau at the Stade Pierre Antoine in the weekend. They had to dig deep to claim victory as they played most of the match with 14 men after Rory Kockott was red carded for foul play.

Pau fielded three Fijians- wingers Watisoni Votu and Mosese Ratuvou while Jale Vatubua was at second five eight.

Murimurivalu, Qovu lead fightback

A superb fightback helped La Rochelle to secure a deserved 30-30 draw after Clermont had raced in to a 24-10 lead at half-time.

La Rochelle’s enterprising fullback Kini Murimurivalu and burly lock Jone Qovu were the kingpin of their comeback.

Clermont struck first through Fijian-born France winger Noa Nakaitaci and was assisted by Flying Fijian No.8 Peceli Yato.

Big Napo appears for Lyon 

The two sides had to settle for the 15-15 draw with all the points coming from the boot of Frederic Michalak and Gaetan Germain.

Lyon brought in former Clermont star winger Napolioni Nalaga while Brive fielded former Fijian internationals Sevanaia Galala and Benito Masilevu.

Nayacalevu scores, Waqa makes debut

Stade Francaise scored a big 54-20 win over Grenoble at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.  Waisea Nayacalevu scored a try and was assisted by Alipate Ratini.

After a rough 2015/2016 campaign this was more like it for 2015 champions Stade Français, as they ran four tries past Grenoble for a bonus point win. Fijian rugby league convert, Sisa Waqa formerly of the Canberra Raiders came in as a late substitute for Grenoble.

Nadolo now in Montpellier colours

Vodafone Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo could not help Montpellier as they suffered a 20-12 loss to Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon.

Nadolo played alongside Flying Fijians skipper Akapusi Qera who was at No.8.

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