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Fijians shine at Auckland Nines

By MAIKELI SERU Fijians playing in the Auckland Nines rugby league tournament in New Zealand have helped provide the spark in the game. Among the big Fijians yesterday was Fiji
16 Feb 2014 10:12
RUN RADRADA RUN: The look of joy on Semi Radradra’s face is priceless, and he’s probably still beaming as the Eels beat the Roosters 18-11.

RUN RADRADA RUN: The look of joy on Semi Radradra’s face is priceless, and he’s probably still beaming as the Eels beat the Roosters 18-11.

By MAIKELI SERU

Fijians playing in the Auckland Nines rugby league tournament in New Zealand have helped provide the spark in the game.
Among the big Fijians yesterday was Fiji rugby 7s convert, Semi Radradra. He scored the tournament’s first hat-trick when his Paramatta Eels beat the Roosters 18-11.
Radradra is called the ‘Semitrailer’ in the code for his try-scoring ability.
“I feel good after scoring those tries, but I reckon the hard work from the boys made me look better out there,” he told the Eels website.
“I felt good – it reminded me of playing Sevens back in Fiji in the days, which is similar to the Nines.”
Semi piled on three tries, with Vai Toutai scoring the fourth – and says it was lots of fun to be out on the field.
“The team was pretty fast, the Nines is very different from NRL with 13 men each side, but today was definitely fast,” he said.
Another Fijians on the show was Nadi’s Etonia Nabuli who suprised the world from his former porter hotel employment in Nadi to become a rising star of the sport.
Nabuli scored for his Penrith Panthers to beat Sisa Waqa’s Melbourne Storm 14-11.
Vodafone Fiji Rep, Jayson Bukuya helped the New Zealand Warriors beat Canberra Raiders 25-14 in their first match.
Lote Tuqiri scored for South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat St George 23-4.
Akuila Uate played for his Newcastle Knights which lost to Cronulla Sharks 12 -15.
Marika Koroibete for Wests Tigers in their 22-7 over Gold Coast Titans.
Meanwhile, Cronulla forward Sam Tagataese scored the tournament’s first five-point try (under the post) yesterday.
Tagataese scored under the posts for the bonus try against and the Knights. Cronulla won 15-12.
In the second fixture, Gold Coast showed why they were rated as one of the pre-tournament favourites with a 22-7 defeat of the Wests Tigers.
Meanwhile, league legend Brad Fittler, 42, received a rosy welcome when he appeared for his Sydney Roosters.
‘‘It was great to be out there, playing at Eden Park,’’ Fittler said.

Results:
Cronulla 15-12 Newcastle, Wests Tigers 7-22 Gold Coast, Sydney Roosters 11-18 Parramatta, Brisbane 20- 4 Canterbury-Bankstown, Warriors 25 – 14 Canberra,
Manly 17- 8 North Queensland, Melbourne 11- 14  Penrith, South Sydney 23 – 4 St George Illawarra,
Cronulla 15 – 21 Wests Tigers, Newcastle 25 – 14 v Gold Coast, Sydney Roosters 14 – 7 Brisbane, Parramatta 23 – 6 Canterbury-Bankstown, Warriors 27 – 4 Manly, Canberra 0 – 24 North Queensland




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