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Ex-7s Stars Shine In Legends’ Win

Ex-7s Stars Shine In Legends’ Win
Members of the Fijian Legends and the Classic Wallabies pose for a group photo after their curtain-raiser at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on September 1, 2018. Fijian Legends won 53-14. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 02
12:11 2018

The Fijian Legends gave the Classic Wallabies a 53-14 wal­loping during the curtain-raiser for the Australian National Rugby Championship game at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yes­terday.

Legends dominated the game with two tries each from former sevens rugby star William Ryder, livewire hooker Lemeki Duidomo, Neumi Nanuku while former Stormers powerhouse centre Sireli Naqel­evuki scored a try.

Classic Wallabies tries came from veteran halfback Sam Cordingly and Lote Tuqiri.

After the match the Classic Wal­labies gave out their jerseys, boots and socks to spectators at Ratu Ca­kobau Park in Nausori

Classic Wallabies rep Mitch Chap­man said coming to Fiji has been great and they have future plans to raise funds toward kidney dialysis in Fiji.

“We had a great week at the Shan­gri-La’s Fijian Resort. We brought some of our families over and vis­ited neighbouring schools.

“We also helped raised funds for the kidney research for dialysis treatment and we were happy to raise funds for a worthy cause.

“I think we did this last year and it’s great for the community and we might come back next year.”

Chapman believes the Fijian Drua have a chance of winning the NRC this year.

“The Drua were outstanding last year and were leading the competi­tion though they lost a number of players along the way,” he added.

“They are talented and very skil­fully players and they should win or go close to it this year.”

KEREVI SETBACK

Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi says he is still two months away from a return to action, despite initially having been scheduled to return in late September.

Kerevi who is here with the Clas­sic Wallabies sustained a torn bicep in the Wallabies’ 2-1 series defeat to Ireland in June and un­derwent surgery in July. However, the 24-year-old says his recovery is taking longer than expected.

“Rehab is coming along quite slow but I want to do it properly before I get back to playing,” Kerevi told Rugby Australia’s website.

“Probably another eight to 10 weeks until I’m back playing.”

It comes as bad news to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, especially with the midfield injury crisis shrouding the dressing-room at the moment.

Brumbies number 13 Tevita Ku­ridrani is another out with a long-term injury, which has meant util­ity back Reece Hodge has had to step up to fill the void. And Kerevi believes Hodge has done a good job in that regard.

“I thought he did an awesome job,” Kerevi said. “There’s a lot of depth in that spot still. We have Curtis Rona and Billy Meakes who can play there as well.”

The Wallabies next face a wound­ed Springboks side in Brisbane on September 8.

LINE- UP

Fijian Legends: Viliame Satala, Jone Kuruduadua, Samu Sau­maisue, Bill Gadolo, Sailosi Naite­qe, Lemeki Duidomo, Osea Kolini­sau, William Ryder, Seremaia Bai, Neumi Nanuku, Sireli Naqelevuki, Jonetani Vula.

Classic Wallabies: Vatiliasi Ma­takaca, De Wet Roos, Beau Robin­son, Orisi Eranavula, Pat Phibbs, Sam Cordingley, Adam Freir, Samu Kerevi, Masi Baleinavere, Stephen Moor, Mitch Chapman, Lote Tuqiri, Radike Samo.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: karalaini.tavi@fijisun.com.fj

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