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Fijiana 37: ( Merewalesi Ronouono 1 pen, 2 con, Litiana Lawedrau 1 try, Esiteri Bulikiobo 1 try, Wainikiti Deku 1 try, Litiana Lawedrau 1 try, Vilisi Vakaloloma 2 tries) Papua
06 Nov 2016 11:12
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Lock foward Laisa Taga tries to badge her way through the PNG defence.Photo:JONE LUVENITOGA

Fijiana 37: ( Merewalesi Ronouono 1 pen, 2 con, Litiana Lawedrau 1 try, Esiteri Bulikiobo 1 try, Wainikiti Deku 1 try, Litiana Lawedrau 1 try, Vilisi Vakaloloma 2 tries)

Papua New Guinea 10: (Joanne Lagona 1 try, Debbie Kaore 1 try)

 

What Happened;

The Fijiana XV will meet the top two teams from Asia in the second round of the 2017 Women Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong on December 9.

The Fijiana booked their spot after walloping Papua New Guinea 37-10 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

The Fijiana ran in six tries while the visitors managed two.

The Fijiana XV stood up to the challenge and earned their first three points through a penalty by first -five eighth Merewalesi Rokouono.

The Fijians continue to build pressure resulting in the first try by centre Litiana Lawedrau.

The Palais backline regrouped with lanky fullback Joanne Lagona running straight through the Fijiana defence to score.

Fijiana then scored their second try through prop Esiteri Bulikiobo who brushed off PNG defenders and bulldozed her way through for Fiji to lead 13-5 at halftime.

PNG closed the gap with a try to No. 8 Debbie Kaore.

But the Fijiana hit back with Wainikiti Deku and Litiana Lawedrau scoring.

The Fijians continued their dominance while PNG couldn’t keep up with the pace resulting in Vilisi Vakaloloma scoring a double and Rokouono slotting a conversion.

 

Big Play; Fijiana prop Bulikiobo’s work rate and tireless performance stood out.

 

Star turn; The  Fijiana impact players lifted the game.

 

Comments; Interim Fijiana XV coach Seremaia Bai;

“We are going to celebrate this win and have a week break before we resume training for the repechage in Hong Kong. We will be looking at ways we can improve and build a stronger squad.

“I’m very happy with the performance, they have done Fiji proud. This means so much to them, the girls have proved themselves.”
PNG coach John Larry;

“This is the start for us and this is our first competition after two years. It was a good battle, the girls started well but it was discipline in the first half that costs us the game.”



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