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Fiji Resist Eagles Comeback

Fiji held on to stave off a second-half comeback from the USA Eagles to win 20-14 in last Friday’s test match in Vannes, France. First-half tries from Montpellier fullback Timoci
23 Nov 2014 10:55
Fiji Resist Eagles Comeback
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama shares cake with Suvavou Kindergarten students after the opening on August 12, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji held on to stave off a second-half comeback from the USA Eagles to win 20-14 in last Friday’s test match in Vannes, France.

First-half tries from Montpellier fullback Timoci Nagusa and wing Watisoni Votu helped the Pacific Islanders to a 15-0 halftime lead as Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders knocked over a conversion and a penalty.

Centre Seamus Kelly crossed the whitewash for USA early in the second period to begin the fightback, with fullback Ronnie McLean, of English third tier side Ealing Trailfinders, converting.

Votu’s second try pushed Fiji’s lead out again but Takudzwa Ngwenya, who plays for Biarritz in the French second division, scored the Americans’ second try, McLean again converting.

Although there were still 20 minutes remaining, the US failed to find a match-winning converted try.

It meant Fiji finished with a win following losses to France (40-15) and Wales (17-13) already on their tour.

The US played four November internationals, beating Romania 27-17 in Bucharest but losing 40-12 to Tonga at Gloucester, England, and beginning the month with a 74-6 humbling by the All Blacks in Chicago.

The scorers:For Fiji: Tries: Nagusa, Votu 2, Con: Nadolo, Pen: Nadolo, Yellow cards: Talemaitoga, Votu

For USA: Tries: Kelly, Ngwenya.

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