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Bonus win pleases Tabua

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The national side continued where they left off after making the rugby world sit up and take notice during last year’s Rugby World Cup
07 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . The national side continued where they left off after making the rugby world sit up and take notice during last year’s Rugby World Cup with a comprehensive 34-17 bonus point win over Samoa yesterday.
Fiji stormed past Samoa in fanatic fashion only to put their guns down in the final quarter but the side showed why they are the best in the region.
The win has lifted Fiji to the top of the Pacific Nations Cup after the New Zealand Maori’s struggled to beat Tonga 20-9 at Albany yesterday making next weeks showdown between the two sides all the more interesting.
National coach Ilivasi Tabua said with the win in the bag they would try to outwit the New Zealand Maoris.
Tabua said the national side lived up to expectation but they need more from the players for the reminder of the tournament.
He said rookie winger Timoci Nagusa had showed his worth with a thrilling performance.
“It’s a great achievement to win against Samoa, we knew it would always be tough and we had prepared for a physical game,” Tabua said.
“With our flair and defence we intimidated them and we will need to relook at some areas before the next match.”
After shocking Wales 38-34 in France last year the side continued on its impressive form to safeguard its top 10 ranking in the world.
Fiji remains above its pacific island rivals on ninth spot with Samoa on 12th but the side could slip below Tonga who are on 13th place. Samoa defeated Fiji 8-3 in Apia last year and they finished third behind the Junior All Blacks and Australia A.
Fiji has been fourth in the competition for the last two years and after the world cup success they will hope to bag their first ever PNC title.
The national side faces New Zealand Maori on Saturday at Churchill Park before they hit the road for the reminder of the competition.
They face Japan on June 22 followed by the match against Australia A on June 29 and the last match against Tonga on July 5.



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