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Our Unbeaten Warriors

The Telecom Fijian Warriors are going to take Samoa A in the final of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge. The Senirusi Seruvakula coached-side walloped a winless Tonga A side 56-18
18 Mar 2016 13:14
Our Unbeaten Warriors
Telecom Fijian Warriors Kelevi Naimasi scores a try against Tonga A at the ANZ Stadium last night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The Telecom Fijian Warriors are going to take Samoa A in the final of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge. The Senirusi Seruvakula coached-side walloped a winless Tonga A side 56-18 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.

 

WHAT HAPPENED

Tonga drew first blood with a penalty kick from Patelesio One’one to lead 2-0.  Warriors immediately replied with a penalty kick from Nemani Raiwalui to level the scores, 2-2. Both teams did not give way as they battled it out in the forwards. Basic errors by the Warriors saw them go behind 4-2 from a One’one penalty.

From a scrum near Tonga’s tryline, loose forward Eremasi Radrodro drove through for an unconverted  try as they regained the lead 8-4. The Tongan defence held on as they denied the Warriors any chance to increase their lead. Continuous pressure took its toll on the Tongans, as Warriors ran in their second try from a pick and drive that saw nippy halfback Henry Seniloli score while the conversion went wide, 14-4. A yellow card was dished to Tonga’s Bruce Folau for dirty play and Warriors capitalised on it when Joseva Levula scored a try and was successful converted by Raiwalui as they extended their lead 22-4. Five minutes later Radrodro again scored his second try after the Tongan defence were caught napping and Raiwalui was on target with the conversion. At halftime the Warriors led 30-4.

Poor handling skills by the Warriors proved costly when they allowed Tongan captain Sione Lolohea to score their first try with the conversion going over as they narrowed the deficit 30-12.

Raiwalui extended Warriors lead to 32-12 with a penalty as they took control from a converted try to Cyril Reece.

Then Isaia Nataba struck with a converted try as they led 48-12. Tonga A hit back with a try to Tu’ihakavalu Ika, 48-18. Lolohea and Lepani Raiyala got red carded for exchanging punches.  But it was Kelevi Naimasi who put the final nail on the Tongan coffin with a try while Kitione Ratu was successful with the conversion, as the Warriors ran away with a big 56-18 win.

 

BIG PLAY

Fijian Warriors scrums and line-out throws were on target as they scored four tries from there.

STAR TURN

Raiwalui had a good night with six successful conversions out of eight.

 

COMMENTS

Tonga A captain, Sione Lolohea, “Today’s game was tough, we didn’t agree with some of the referee’s decisions, especially the two last tries by Fiji. We need to work on our discipline and we look forward to our next game.”

Telecom Fijian Warriors captain Peni Ravai, “Our boys played really well, the first half and second half our lack of discipline let us down which allowed our Tongan brothers to score their tries. The boys need to calm down on the field. Our game against Samoa A will be a tough one and we need to review their game and also our game as prepare for them.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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