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Fijians Shine In T14 Competition

Fijian players put on impressive performances for their clubs in the French Top 14 competition last weekend. According to Plane Rugby, these are the players who have continued on to
02 Dec 2014 11:34
Fijians Shine In T14 Competition

Fijian players put on impressive performances for their clubs in the French Top 14 competition last weekend. According to Plane Rugby, these are the players who have continued on to impress:

Nayacalevu try seals win

Strong running Waisea Nayacalevu scored a try as Stade Français staved off a strong second half fightback from Brive to claim a 20-17 victory in Paris on Sunday.

The result means Stade maintained their unbeaten home record and elevates them to third spot on the table despite a scare and missing out on a bonus point.

Brive who had fielded former Vodafone Fiji 7s winger Benito Masilevu and flyer Elia Radikedike failed to build on consecutive victories over Castres and Montpellier, but a bonus point nevertheless gives them a two-point margin on the first relegation spot.

And the hosts were first off the mark following a spectacular solo run by Fijian winger Nayacalevu after 11 minutes which defied Brive’s Tongan full-back Alfie Mafi and Masilevu. But Brive fought back to 5-6 thanks to two penalties off the boot of Gaetan Germain before both teams played 10 minutes with 14 men after props Damien Jourdaine and Sakaria Taulafo were sin-binned.

Ratuvou scores winning try

Fijian winger Mosese Ratuvou scored the winning try for Lyon as they scored an upset 23-20 win over Montpellier at the Matmut Stadium in the weekend. Montpellier who had fielded dashing Flying Fijian winger Timoci Nagusa have been struggling in the Top 14 competition.

Two penalties from former Crusaders and Blues back Stephen Brett got the home side on their way in the opening quarter, before Montpellier lock Tom Donnelly was sin-binned for pulling down a maul.

Lyon’s pack was dominant early on and after Donnelly’s indiscretion the rest the Montpellier pack were made to pay when the hosts were awarded a penalty try after Rene Ranger’s illegal intervention on George Smith. Brett’s conversion gave Lyon a 13-0 lead in nearly as many minutes, with Montpellier reeling. Former Fiji Bati back Waisele Suka played a tiring game for Lyon at second five eight. Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren gave them a foothold with a penalty before missing a 45-metre effort shortly afterwards. Lyon’s first real problems came with the sin-binning of tighthead prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, with Montpellier’s scrum in the ascendancy and ultimately picking them up a penalty try of their own just before half-time to leave the score at 13-10.

La Rochelle banks on Fiji 4

Fijian fullback Kini Murimurivalu, speedster Sireli Bobo, centre cum winger Levani Botia and open side flanker Jone Qovu helped their club La Rochelle grab a 19-19 draw against Joe Rokocoko’s Bayonne.

France prop Uini Atonio was a late withdrawal for the hosts but Julien Audy got the first points with his second penalty attempt early on. Scott Spedding countered with a 40-metre strike before Martín Bustos Moyano, an early replacement for Blair Stewart, put the visitors into the lead with a slightly longer attempt.

Jules Lebail levelled the scores before the game’s first five-pointer, a penalty try after Bobo was illegally impeded by the defence as he tried to chase down Kini Murimurivalu’s kick, leaving La Rochelle with a 13-6 lead at the break.

Lebail added another penalty for a ten-point advantage before Charles Ollivon went over for the visitors’ first try. Bustos Moyano’s conversion and next penalty left all tied up at 16-16, with the Argentina international having to do it again in the 78th minute to end the game as a draw.

Talebula fightback fails to spark  

Flying Fijian fullback Metuisela Talebula spearheaded a late rally for Bordeaux-Begles but it was too late as they went down 28-23 to Oyonnax at the Stade Charles Mathon on Sunday. Oyonnax held off a late charge from visiting Bordeaux-Bègles to move them further away from the relegation spots. Yves Donguy got them underway when he battered his way over under the posts in the 11th minute to get the home side on their way, with Benjamin Urdapilleta adding the conversion.

A back-three combination for Bordeaux-Bègles created their first try, after livewire Fijian back Talebula set up Darly Domvo to level up the scoreboard. Two penalties from Pierre Bernard, including one from 50 metres, put the visitors ahead 13-7 before Urdapilleta responded with two strikes of his own after an earlier miss.

Bordeaux however finished the first half absolutely on top with a brilliant five minutes, first with Félix Le Bourhis working his way over for a try after contributions from Pedrie Wannenburg and Talebula in the build-up. Bernard slotted a drop goal his side a deserved 23-13 lead at the break.

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