Warriors On Fire

Telecom Fijian Warriors: 34 (Serupepeli Vularika, 1 try, 2 penalties, 3 conversions, Vasikali Mudu 1 try, Henry Seniloli 1 try, 1 penalty try) Samoa A: 6( Ki Anufe 3 penalties)
09 Mar 2016 12:29
Warriors On Fire
Fiji Warriors Vasikali Mudu scored their third try against Samoa A during 2016 World Rugby Pacific Challenge at ANZ lastnight. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Telecom Fijian Warriors: 34 (Serupepeli Vularika, 1 try, 2 penalties, 3 conversions, Vasikali Mudu 1 try, Henry Seniloli 1 try, 1 penalty try)

Samoa A: 6( Ki Anufe 3 penalties)


What happened: The Telecom Fijian Warriors side walloped Samoa A 34-6 in the 2016 World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge opener at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.

The PRC tournament adopt the new World Rugby law trialling with the new points scoring system of- six points for a try, two points for penalties, conversions and drop goal and eight points for penalty try.

The Samoans started well in the opening half putting the Fijians under heavy pressure forcing them to make mistakes which saw first five-eight, Ki Anufe kicking in two penalties.

The Fijians regrouped and with the guidance of skipper Peni Ravai hit back through the enterprising play of key backline players of halfback Serupepeli Vularika, winger Nacani Wakaya and fullback Cyril Reece.

They combined well which resulted in Vularika running past the Samoan defence to score their first try under the post and was able to convert it.

The Warriors continued to enjoy possession as their South Seas rivals failed to execute their game plan forcing them to commit simple errors which Vularika punished them on the scoreboard by converting two penalties. Anufe was successful with his third penalty. The Fijians led 12-6 at half- time.

It was another strong start from the Warriors in the second-half as they were able to execute their set moves, strong in defence as they dominated the breakdown areas which Samoa could not capitalise on.

Telecom Fijian Warriors halfback Henry Seniloli who came in as a substitute scored their second try and was converted by Vularika.

The Fijians continued to apply pressure on the Samoans and scored their third try through Vasikali Mulu, which Vularika converted.

The Warriors fought on and continued on with their domination and was rewarded with a penalty try adding an extra eight points to their score sheet.


Big play: The experienced Warriors backline was too strong for the Samoans to handle.

Star turn: Warriors halfback Serupepeli Vularika was outstanding for his side collecting 16 points from three conversions, a try and two penalties.

Comments; Telecom Fijian Warriors captain Peni Ravai said the big win was made possible through hard work

“We only had two weeks to train but our performance tonight (last night) seemed like we have been training for a long time and I thank the players for the hard work,” Ravai said.

Samoa A captain, Greg Foe said they need more preparation time.

“We need to do more training,” Foe said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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