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ANALYSIS: Impressive! Fiji wins 2015 Pacific Nations Cup

The Vodafone Flying Fijians were crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions after they overpowered Samoa 39-29 in an entertaining final at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby yesterday. The John McKee coached side
05 Aug 2015 12:41
ANALYSIS: Impressive! Fiji wins 2015 Pacific Nations Cup
Samoa was strong and always had the potential to get back in the game but it was pleasing that we finished well and were able to close the game out at the end.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians were crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions after they overpowered Samoa 39-29 in an entertaining final at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby yesterday.

The John McKee coached side played a good physical and entertaining rugby against their South Seas brothers winning the hearts of many.

The team kept their focus and exits their defensive 50 well. This enabled them to have good field position and kept the pressure on Samoa. Our attack was very good which showed with some very good tries scored through lanky Leone Nakarawa who scored a double, Nikola Matawalu, Kini Murimurivalu and Captain Akapusi Qera.

Samoa was strong and always had the potential to get back in the game but it was pleasing that we finished well and were able to close the game out at the end.

Moving on to the 2015 RWC John McKee hopes to continue develop game plan.

“We have to continue to develop our game plan and the key skill areas to execute this plan and play to our strengths. We need to take our fitness level higher to play our game for 80 minutes,” McKee said.

Here’s How We Rated The Players:

  1. Campese Ma’afu- Strong start, stood his ground- 7/10
  2. Sunia Koto- Worked well to marshall the men upfront and- 6.5/10
  3. Manasa Saulo-Another good all-round game- 7.5/10
  4. Tevita Cavubati- A good performance showed both in attack and defence- 7.5/10
  5. Leone Nakarawa-Stellar performance, scored a try for Fiji and always driving forward 8.5/10
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu- Played well in defence and worked well in the counter ruck- 8/10
  7. Akapusi Qera- Led the team well- 7/10
  8. Sakiusa Matadigo- Firm in defence – 6/10
  9. Nikola Matawalu- showed a devastating performance both attack and defence, connected well with backline to produce positive results- 8.5/10
  10. Josh Matavesi- Communicated well with the team and was ruthless in defence- 7/10
  11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma- Needs more game time- 6/10
  12. Gabrieli Lovobalavu- Always reliable- 7/10
  13. Waisea Nayacalevu- Played well, managing midfield and open gaps with strong runs and tackle- 8.5/10
  14. Metuisela Talebula- Read the game well and was always firm in defence, fast and agile 7/10
  15. Kini Murimurivalu- Firm and steady, confident as the last man in defence- 6.5/10

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