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Nagusa scores a double on debut

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Winger Timoci Nagusa picked up two tries on his debut to give Fiji an incredible 34-17 bonus point win over Samoa and a top
07 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Winger Timoci Nagusa picked up two tries on his debut to give Fiji an incredible 34-17 bonus point win over Samoa and a top place finish in the Pacific Nations Cup after the opening round yesterday.
Nagusa scored a try in each half to cement his place in the national side after Samoa had kept Filimoni Delasau and Sireli Naqelevuki off the scoresheet.
Stormers Super 14 recruit Naqelevuki was forced to the sidelines in the second half but he made his presence felt as early as in the third minute of the match when he got the first touch of the ball.
Naqelevuki who also made his debut for the national side was denied a try in the sixth minute after Samoa held him up over the tryline.
Fullback Taniela Rawaqa had the first chance in the match but his 10th minute penalty went astray before some bone crunching tackles from Semisi Naevo and Netani Talei gave back possession to Fiji.
Rising star Nagusa caught a high ball inside Fiji’s half and offloaded to pivot Waisea Luveniyali who set Naqelevuki into space before the centre set up Filimoni Delasau in the sidelines.
From the resulting attack skipper Mosese Rauluni barged over from a ruck to score the opening try of the match in the 15th minute with Rawaqa missing the conversion from outwide.
Samoan flyhalf Roger Warren was off target in his penalty attempt and Fiji made the visitors pay for their mistakes with Nagusa running through gap to score under the posts in the 26th minute.
Rawaqa converted from right infront and Fiji lead 12-0 at halftime.
The national side opened the game with its flamboyant free flowing style in the second half to captivate the 10,000 odd fans at Churchill Park in the second half.
Taniela got his name on the score sheet with Fiji’s third try of the match in the first minuet of the second half after Delasau set him up in the corner.
Four minutes later Iferemi Rawaqa added another try which signified the national side’s dominance in the match to lead 26-0.
The shell shocked Samoans then made four crucial changes at one instance to try and get back into the match but Nagusa came back with another try to put Fiji ahead 31-0.
In the last quarter wingers Henry Faafili and David Lemi scored two tries one after the other to cut the deficit at 31-10.
Rawaqa added a penalty to his tally to push Fiji ahead 34-10 before former Samoa skipper Semo Sititi touched down for the final try of the match.



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