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Fijians Go Down Fighting

The Vodafone Flying Fijians side failed to book a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal and an automatic qualification spot to the 2019 RWC. This was following their
03 Oct 2015 12:12
Fijians Go Down Fighting
George North (R) of Wales tackle Lepani Botia of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Wales and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on October 1, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. photo zimbio

The Vodafone Flying Fijians side failed to book a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal and an automatic qualification spot to the 2019 RWC.

This was following their 13-23 loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium yesterday.

“It was a great test match in terms of intensity and the contest,”Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said.

“Congratulation to Wales for coming out on top and I’m extremely proud of the effort and the hard work our boys  put up.

“After playing three games and you don’t have any points, it’s very frustrating to be at this stage of the competition with no points on the board. We came through a difficult pool with high expectations.

“This is a talented group of players and we have worked really hard to get to where we are playing England, Australia and Wales in 13 days is a very tough task so it’s an absolute credit to the boys.

“As we really stood up to those teams and we were so competitive in those matches,” he added.

Despite back-to-back defeats at the hands of England and Australia, the Fijians not only put in a special effort but deserved more from a game that was in the melting pot until the final throes.

Working off a dominant scrum and playing with typical flair behind, Fiji can count themselves unlucky not to have taken a losing bonus point, at least, into their final game of the tournament, against Uruguay.

Captain Akapusi Qera commended the boys’ efforts.

“It’s an honour to play with this group of talented players, full credit to the boys for giving everything,” Qera said.

In the end, Wales held on for a 23-13 victory. The Fijians takes on Uruguay in their final match next Wednesday at 7am.

The Flying Fijians currently ranks 10th in the World Rugby ranking.

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