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Under-20s QUALIFY

What happened; The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby side will participate in the 2016 World Rugby Junior Trophy in Zimbabwe in April. This was after they defeated Tonga 19-10 in the
06 Dec 2015 10:07
Under-20s QUALIFY
Fiji under 20 side celebrate Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy win over Tonga at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

What happened; The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby side will participate in the 2016 World Rugby Junior Trophy in Zimbabwe in April.

This was after they defeated Tonga 19-10 in the final pool match of the Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy qualifiers at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The Fijians got off to a good start scoring their first try through No. 8 Rupeni Vakasalimi.

The Tongans dominated the scrums but the Fijians were fierce in defence.

The Fijians were penalized for collapsing the scrum and captain Patelesio One’One was successful with the penalty. Fiji led 5-3 at halftime.

The Salimoni Ravouvou-coached side extended the lead with Vakasilimi scoring his second try which was converted by Peceli Nacebe.

The Fijians took control and even pushed the Tongans back in the scrum.

Tonga managed to cross over Fiji’s try line in the 72nd minute through winger Sunia Latu which was converted by One’ One to close the score margin 12-10.

In the 78th minute the Fijian backline were unstoppable as Josaia Raboiliku scored the final try which was converted by Nailati Ukalele which sealed the win for the Junior Flying Fijians.

Big play; The Fijians displayed a gutsy performance as the forwards stood tall.

Star  turn; The Tongan forwards played well in the first 40 minutes.

Comments; Flying Fijians head coach John McKee

“Getting back to the World Rugby Junior Championships is their main priority.

“It was very important tournament for us this week and it’s really good to see that the boys beat Tonga. It’s very important that we get to the Junior Championships.

“Onus is for us to start our preparation it’s important that we go to Zimbabwe and try to win that tournament. Consistency is the main concern now. The boys showed good qualities in the game but the boys got to learn to be consistent in the whole 80 minutes.

“Our scrum was good against the big Tongan forward pack and our lineout was good but we just have to be smarter.”

Tonga head coach Atonino Latu

“It was a good game, Fiji played really well,” he said.

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