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Fijians Shine In Europe Playoffs

Fijians Shine In Europe Playoffs
Jale Vatubua scored a try for Pau .
April 02
11:00 2018

Fijian players continue to im­press for their clubs in the Chal­lenge Cup quarterfinals in Eu­rope in the weekend.

VATUBUA SCORES

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre Jale Vatubua scored a try for Pau as they beat Stade Francaise 35-32 to join Newcastle Falcons in the European semi-finals.

Tries from Vatubua, Benson Stanley and Thibault Daubagna before the in­terval were backed up by Quentin Les­piaucq in the second-half as the hosts saw off the Paris side. New Zealander Tom Taylor slotted 15 points off the tee via three conversions and three penalty goals.

For Stade their tries came via Clem­ent Daguin, Charlie Francoz, Djibril Camara and Marvin O’Connor, with Jules Plisson kicking 12 points.

Stade tried hard in the last quarter bringing in former Flying Fijians winger Waisea Nayacalevu but all was in vain.

MATAVESI RETURNS

Newcastle Falcons rested veteran winger Vereniki Goneva but brought in former Flying Fijian second five eight Josh Matavesi as they beat Brive 25-10 on Saturday.

According to Planet Rugby, the Fal­cons were too good for Brive as tries came from Scott Wilson, Zach Kibirige and a double from Alex Tait, which gave them the win. Toby Flood was instrumental in the victory though as despite only kicking one conversion, he set up tries and directed the traffic well.

Newcastle led 12-10 at the break but kept Brive who fielded former Fijian 7s star forward Seremaia Burotu and Sevanaia Galala were held scoreless in the second-half as Flood and Tait combined to see them into the next stage.

They will play Gloucester in the sem­ifinal after they edged out Connacht 33-28 in a hard fought match

MATA AT NO.8

Fijian Olympian Vili Mata failed to help Edinburgh as they went down 20-6 to Cardiff Blues who have made it to the semifinals of the European Challenge Cup.

Mata played at No.8 and although they opened the scoring via Jaco van der Walt, Cardiff were comfortably the better team from thereon in and deservedly went into the break 14-3 in front.

– Edited by Osea Bola

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