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Murri Secure First Win

What happened: The touring Arthur Beetson Foundation Queensland Murri rugby league team scored their first win over the Fiji Residents at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterdat.. Both teams put up
26 Oct 2014 11:46
Murri  Secure First Win
Vodafone Fiji Resident’s Wame Turaganivalu (with ball), on the attack against Queensland Murri. Photo: Jona Konataci

What happened:

The touring Arthur Beetson Foundation Queensland Murri rugby league team scored their first win over the Fiji Residents at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterdat..

Both teams put up a solid defence as the weather did not help in their quest at Laucala.

Queensland tested the Fiji Residents defence and drew first blood with a try to Josh Osborne which was converted by Theeron Pearson, 6-0.

Queensland quickly adapted to the wet conditions which gave them an upper hand as Fijians lacked discipline which cost them possession.

In the 27th minute a good try was scored by Filipe Koroibanuveful but the conversion failed.

The visitors scored their second try to Joel Macama, 10-4. Queensland’s good communication on the field helped them to execute their game plan better than the hosts.

In the 34th minute, Queensland’s Ronald Conolin suffered a concussion from a head and knee collision and had to be taken off the field.

Halftime: Queensland Murri 10-4 Fiji Residents

Fiji Residents came back more composed in the second spell, pressuring the Queensland defence which paid off resulting in a try four minutes later to Nasoni Naqoru, 10-8.

A brawl resulted in Koroibanuve being sent of the field, leaving the Fijians one man short. Queensland extended their lead in the 65th minute with a try to  Josh Benjamin, 14-8.

In the 73rd minute, Josateki Koyamaibole broke through the Queensland’s defence scoring a beautiful try, the conversion was not successful, 14-12.

Star turn

Classic first try by Filipe Koroibanuve for the Fiji Res.

Big Play

The Queensland Murri’s solid defence and good  communication helped in the win.

Comments

Fiji Residents coach Maika Vuniveresaid; “The boys played well but the Queensland team really played their game plan well.

“The contributing factor of our loss today was the fact that we were a player down.”

Arthur Beetson Foundation Queensland Murri coach Michael White said; “It was a very good performance by the boys and very tough, but we always expected it to be tough and certainly the Fijian Residents side did themselves proud. We are very happy for the win, it’s our very first win under the Arthur Beetson Foundation so the boys are very happy.

“I hope that we continue to grow this relationship between Fiji and Australia.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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