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Warriors Too Strong

Warriors Too Strong
Fiji Warriors Apete Daveta proved too fast for high flying Junior Japan side. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
March 15
11:00 2017


The Telecom Fijian Warriors side are a game away from retaining the World Rugby Pacific Challenge title. Last night the Mosese Voka-led side walloped Junior Japan 39-16 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

What happened: Junior Japan started strongly when they led 3-0 from halfback Naoto Saito’s penalty.

The lead was short-lived when Warriors first five eight Jonetani Ralulu levelled the scores with a well-taken penalty.

But the Japanese piled on the pressure with their forwards leading the charge and this saw No.8 Tevita Tatafu broke through the Fijian defence to score their first try and was converted by Saito.

This fired up the Warriors as they immediately replied with a try to winger, Apete Daveta, with Ralulu adding the conversion.

They piled on the momentum as they drove the Japanese forwards back allowing Ralulu to sneak in and dive over for the second try with the conversion going over as they held a 17-10 lead.

The Warriors onslaught started to take its toll on the Japanese side as their defence opened up with Samuela Suguturage going over to score their third try with Ralulu adding the extras.

Halftime: Fijian Warriors 24-10 Junior Japan

At the start of the second half the Japanese came out firing as Saito slotted two penalties for the them to narrow the deficit 24-16. This failed to dampen the Warriors’ spirit as they fought back and a brilliant move by the forwards saw flanker Jiuta Takubu dive over to score the fourth try with Ralulu converting for a 31-16 lead. Serupepeli Vularika then slotted a penalty to extend Warriors lead to 34-16. In the dying stages of the game Warriors centre Eroni Vasiteri broke through the Japanese defence and flicked a pass to Cyril Reece to score the final try.

Big Play: The Warriors attacking and defence structures never allowed the Japanese side to settle into the game

Star Turn: Ralulu stood out for the Warriors as scored 16 points.

Comments; Fijian Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said:

“A win is a win but there are still room for improvement. One area is discipline at some areas of the game which really let us down but the boys came back strongly.  We cannot afford that in this kind of competition.”

Junior Japan coach Satoru Endo said:

“We did all what we could. We will have to work on accuracy especially when we are under pressure that is one thing we have learnt from our game against Fiji,”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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