SPORTS

Fijians Into Final

Telecom Fijian Warriors: 42 (Serupepeli Vularika 2 pen, 1try,2 con, Nacani Wakaya 1 try, Kini Douglas 1 try, Mataiasi Ucutabua 1 try, Aminiasi Nava 1 try, Isoa Donaldson 1 try,
19 Mar 2015 07:38
Fijians Into Final
Telecom Fijian Warriors’ Sireli Ledua on the attack against Samoa A at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

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Telecom Fijian Warriors: 42 (Serupepeli Vularika 2 pen, 1try,2 con, Nacani Wakaya 1 try, Kini Douglas 1 try, Mataiasi Ucutabua 1 try, Aminiasi Nava 1 try, Isoa Donaldson 1 try, 1 con)

Samoa A 20(Francis Saufoi 1 try, Titi Esau 5 pen)

What happened:

Telecom Fijian Warriors walloped Samoa A 42-20 in the third round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge yesterday to book their spot in the final next Monday.

The South Seas rivals got off to a strong start and after winning a turnover in the 3rd minute Samoa A blindside flanker Francis Saufoi scored.

Fiji replied in the 8th minute which saw scrumhalf Serupepeli Vularika kicking a penalty after missing his first chance in the 2nd minute. Samoan fullback Titi Esau kicked a penalty to extend the lead to 8-3.

Vularika delights local fans in the 14th minute when he danced away to score Fiji’s first try between the posts.

The Fijian’s scrappy play saw them giving away penalties to Samoa and after a late tackle on flyhalf Patrick Faapale, the Fijians allowed Esau to successfully kick another two penalties to put Samoa up 14-10.

The rampant Fijians replied with a try in the 32nd minute to wing Nacani Wakaya; Vularika missed the conversion. With a minute remaining in the first-half, Samoa was awarded a penalty and Esau once again rose to the occasion and successfully kicked a penalty.

Half-time: Samoa A 17-15 Fijian Warriors

The Fijians regrouped well in the second-half right from the start. Flyhalf Joeli Kini penetrated through the Samoan defence to score Fiji’s third try in the 44th minute and was converted by Vularika.

Fiji was penalised again in the 10th minute which saw Esau kicking another penalty to narrow the gap. Samoan centre Failaga Afamasaga was sinned-binned in the 61st minute after a dangerous tackle on John Stewart. Vularika was successful with the penalty to extend Fiji’s lead to 30-20.

Samoa down to 14 men allowed the flying Fijians to dominate seeing Mataiasi Ucutabua, Aminiasi Nava and fullback Isoa Donaldson scoring a try each and one conversion by Ratunaisa Vatuinaruku sealed the big win.

Big play: Samoa A fullback Titi Esau’s golden boots contributed 15 points for Samoa A.

Star turn: The Fijian Warriors rise to the occasion scoring a comfortable win

Comments:

Fijian Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula rated Nava as his man of the match yesterday.

“Man of the match today was Nava. He worked hard but it was indeed very tough and exciting. I thank my boys for following the game plan, playing their hearts out and maintaining their discipline,

“We played according to the way we wanted to play; we played our own pattern and we stuck to it.”

Samoa A coach Mailo Leavasa applauded the contest.

“It was a very tight match. We were evenly-matched in the first-half but the Fijians got the better of us in the second- half and scored some good tries.”

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