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Super-b Nakarawa

Lanky Kadavu man Leone Nakarawa was the man of the moment in the eyes of injured teammate, Nemani Nadolo. Nakarawa scored two tries for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Samoa
26 Jul 2015 10:51
Super-b Nakarawa

Lanky Kadavu man Leone Nakarawa was the man of the moment in the eyes of injured teammate, Nemani Nadolo.
Nakarawa scored two tries for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Samoa as they drew 30-30 in the second round of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Bonney Field, Sacramento, yesterday.
Nadolo, who suffered an injury in the match against the New Zealand Maori in Suva two weeks ago, tweets his praises for Nakarawa yesterday.
“Would love to see Leone Nakarawa play in Super Rugby, the stuff he does I haven’t seen any lock do since Radike Samo.
“Well done to both teams, always a tough game playing against the brothers from Samoa,” Nadolo tweeted.
Nakarawa played magnificently from the front.
His hard work got Fiji started with the scoring blitz. His first try came after Clermont flanker Peceli Yato made a break from the half-way line and was supported well by Nakarawa.
The lanky man maintained momentum and was on fire again after
good piece of work from the Fijian backline seeing Nakarawa diving in for his second try.
The Fijians forwards pack also won praise as they were able to drive Samoa back with the powerful scrummaging and executed well in the line outs.
Metuisela Talebula scored Fiji’s third try just minute to halftime while the Samoans kicked a penalty and scored one try in the first-half. Fiji led 17-10 at halftime.
The Fijians started off well in the opening minutes of the second-half which allowed Gabiriele Lovobalavu to score their bonus try and converted by Ben Volavola. Volavola then kicked another two penalties for Fiji. The Samoans however refused to give in launching a storming comeback.
Down 27-10 with half-an-hour to play, they fought back through a Paul Perez double, while former Hurricanes and Highlanders prop Anthony Perenise and TJ Ioane also crossed the score line. Michael Stanley nailed two conversions and a penalty and a strike from replacement first five-eighth Patrick Faapale with two minutes remaining drew Samoa level.
Also congratulating both teams yesterday via Facebook was sevens maestro Waisale Serevi.
“Phil 4:13” Congratulations to Fiji and Samoa, what a game, 30-30, I believe it’s one of the best match of PNC 2015. Proud of you guys and best wishes on your next games.
“Road To RWC 2015 all be blessed “Jeremiah 29:11”
Fiji plays Japan next Thursday at 1pm (Fiji Time).

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