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Warriors win

By ILIESA TORA Nuku’alofa (ITA):  The Fiji Warriors retained the Pacific Rugby Cup title in style yesterday at Teufaiva Stadium when they defeated Tonga 25-16 in the last match of
20 Oct 2012 10:20

The Fiji Warriors score a try at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa yesterday. Photo: ITA MEDIA

By ILIESA TORA

Nuku’alofa (ITA):  The Fiji Warriors retained the Pacific Rugby Cup title in style yesterday at Teufaiva Stadium when they defeated Tonga 25-16 in the last match of the series.
Three tries were scored by the Warriors as they defied the odds to win in front of His Majesty King Tupou VI who was present amongst the 8000 odd crowd who turned up to watch the close battle.
Team captain Leone Nakarawa said it was a tough battle but they had come prepared.
“We were told that Tonga will be tough playing in front of the King and they were strong,” he said.
“But we came prepared and I am thankful to the players for sticking to the game plan. We started off bad but we picked up.”
Nakarawa, who is in line to tour with the Flying Fijians next month, said they just stuck to the game plan and defended well.
Wingers Maikeli Mocetadra and Manueli Gade got first-half tries before replacement number eight Nemani Nagusa bulldozed his way through the Tongan defence to score the third try.
Close to 200 Fijians turned up to watch the game.
And the shouts of Go Fiji Go echoed around the stadium.
On the field it was left to the tough guys to lay the platform.
Nakarawa led by example and was aided well by Isireli  Ledua and Ilimotasi Nawalu.
Ratu Seru Cakobau had a good game with his throws and halfback Jock Luita linked well from the forwards to the backs.
Flyhalf Kolinio Vunaki scored 10 points through his boots.
Tonga struggled to find their rhythm but managed to gain some grounds midway into the second half.
But towards the end of the game they fizzled out again as the Warriors defence held.
Assistant coach Isi Fatani said the Warriors were the better side.
“They played well together and they were better off today. I congratulate them for the win.”
Fijian Josateki Veikune, who played for the Tonga A side, said the game was tough.
“It was tough for me playing against my own people and they really were tough on the field,” he said.
“I also congratulate our local side for the good game.”
King Tupou VI presented the winner’s trophy to Nakarawa after the game.
The team returns home tonight.
[Tonga A]
1. ‘Otulea Fifita, loose head
2. Sione Lolohea, hooker
3. Soane Ledger, tighthead
4. Samisoni Masima, lock
5. Taukolonga Tava, lock
6. Josateki Veikune, blindside
7. Sione Vaiomounga, openside, captain
8. Lotu Filipine, No.8
9. Siale Fahiua, scrum half
10. Sepuloni Maka’afi, fly half/1st Five
11. Samisoni Hafoka, wing
12. Adney Uasilaa, centre/2nd Five
13. ‘Etueni Siua. centre
14. Sosaia Tautalanoa, wing
15. Setaleki Lu’au, fullback
16. Siaosi Nginingini Ofolanga, front row
17. Isileli Hufanga, front row
18. Samiu Ika
19. Kuli Tonga
20. Lokingi Moeakiv 21. Fonua Tonga
22. ‘Amanaki Vatikani
[Fiji Warriors]
1. Seremaia Naureure, loosehead
2. Ratu Seru Cakobau, hooker
3. Sireli Ledua, tighthead
4. Leone Nakarawa, lock, captain
5. Mataiasi Ucutabua, lock
6. Inoke Tuisese, blindside
7. Inia Tukere, openside
8. Ilitomasi Waqavonovono, No.8
9. Jock Luita, scrum half
10. Kolinio Vunaki, fly half/1st five
11. Manueli Gade, wing
12. Jovesa Kunawave, centre/2nd Five
13. Josateki Nasilisili, centre, vice-captain
14. Maikeli Mocetadra, wing
15. Aisea Natoga, fullback
16. Sireli Temo, front row
17. Alifereti Cawanibuka, front row
18. Nemani Nagusa
19. Mosese Varamusu
20. Esira Vueti
21. Henry Seniloli
22. Jiuta Lutumailagi.




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