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Nagusa strikes

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Debutant Timoci Nagusa blew Samoa away with a brace of tries as the national side thumped the visitors 34-17 in the opening round of
07 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND . Debutant Timoci Nagusa blew Samoa away with a brace of tries as the national side thumped the visitors 34-17 in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup in Lautoka yesterday.
Fiji ran in five tries to jump to the top of the standing with a bonus point win as they showed a glimpse of last year’s magnificent World Cup performance against their Pacific rivals.
20-year old Nagusa emerged as the next big thing in Fiji rugby after he raised eyebrows with his pace and deft footwork.
National captain Mosese Rauluni ignited the rampage with the opening try as Fiji made its first ever winning start to the PNC competition.
Rauluni said they had dusted the cobwebs off in their first match since the World Cup.
Rauluni said the win had lifted their spirits as they chase an upset win over the New Zealand Maori in the next round.
“I’m very happy with the result it’s a good start after last year we have got the win and taken out the rust,” Rauluni said.
“We are ready for the next match, the Maoris will be tough and smart they have Super 14 players and we will also have to be smart against them.”
Fiji led 31-0 heading into the last quarter before the Samoans broke the national sides defence with three quick tries in succession to bring some respectability to the final score line.
Samoa captain Filipo Levi said his side made a shaky start to the match and paid the price.
Levi said Nagusa shocked the Samoans who they had least expected to do the damage.
“We had a nervous start to the game and next week we will get back sevens players for the Australia A match,” Levi said.
A brace from Nagusa and a try each to Mosese Rauluni, Taniela Rawaqa and Ifereimi Rawaqa gave Fiji a 31-0 lead with only 20 minutes to play.
Fiji had led 12-0 at halftime and came fired up in the early stages of the second half to open up the match.
Samoa scored two tries within three minutes through wingers Henry Faafili and David Lemi in the last quarter before replacement Semo Sititi got a consolation on the stroke of fulltime.



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