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Fijians Stamp Their Mark In T14 Comp

  Strong running winger Waitsoni Votu is becoming a match winner for Pau in the French Top 14 competition. Last Saturday, the Bukuya native scored a try and has been
16 Nov 2016 13:38
Fijians Stamp Their Mark In T14 Comp
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Strong running winger Waitsoni Votu is becoming a match winner for Pau in the French Top 14 competition. Last Saturday, the Bukuya native scored a try and has been hitting the tryscoring list for the past weeks. Also marking his first try in the competition, is Semi Kunatani while Alipate Ratini and Josaia Wini have teamed up as they appeared for Stade Francais.
Votu shines in Pau’s upset win

Flying Fijian winger Watisoni Votu scored a try for Pau as they pulled off a surprise 26-17 win over reigning champions Racing 92. The hosts took a 13-3 lead into the break thanks to Votu’s try and two Tom Taylor penalties, to one from Racing scrum-half James Hart. Votu was backed by Jale Vatubua at second five eight while veteran centre Conrad Smith dictated their moves. Racing 92 with Joe Rokocoko and Leone Nakarawau tried to fight their way back but it was not avail.

Taylor’s boot added some security to that lead, even with Chris Masoe’s converted try closing the gap, as Pau clung on for an important victory in their bid to move up the table.

Kunatani’s try fails to lift Toulouse

Vodafone Fijian 7s forward cum winger, Semi Kunatani, scored for Toulouse but it was not enough as Levani Botia and Jone Qovu’s La Rochelle romped to a 25-19 win at the Stade Marcel- Deflandre.

The hosts were the better side in the first half but would have been left frustrated that they didn’t have more to show than a 9-3 lead at half time, thanks to three penalties from Zack Holmes. Toulouse could only reply with a penalty from Samuel Marques.

The second half came to life when Gabriel Lacroix went over for the first five-pointer of the match, which Holmes promptly converted. The visitors stayed in the game thanks to another Marques penalty and a try from Kunatani to trail by six. Successive penalties from Marques four minutes apart levelled the scored with 10 minutes to play before Holmes slotted two penalties of his own to edge his team ahead and to victory.
Castres end Fijian 3 winning run

Veteran Sisa Koyamaibole, Seremaia Burotu and Sevanaia Galala were not able to continue Brive’s winning run as they suffered a 32-12 defeat to Castres. Benjamin Urdapilleta kicked 17 points for Castres as the moved up to mid-table thanks to a healthy 19-point win over Brive at the Stade Pierre-Antoine. Urdapilleta kicked four penalties in the first 23 minutes, which combined with Alex Tulou’s converted try meant that Castres took a comfortable 19-3 lead.
Nagusa sees yellow in Montpellier win

Montpellier’s Timoci Nagusa was yellow carded but yet they were able to consolidate their position amongst the frontrunners on the table when they grinded out a 25-20 victory over Lyon.

The visitors with burly Fijian winger Napolioni Nalaga outscored Montpellier by three tries to one but it was the goalkicking of Demetri Catrakilis which secured victory for the home side as he finished with a 17-point haul courtesy of five penalties and a conversion.

Catrakilis opened the scoring via a penalty in the sixth minute before Lyon raced into a 10-3 lead thanks to tries by Carl Fearns and Felix Lambey. Catrakilis and Frans Steyn kept the scoreboard ticking for the hosts with two further penalties which meant Lyon held a one-point lead at half-time.
Lovobalavu’s Bayonne record second win

Bayonne with veteran Fijian second five eight Gabirieli Lovobalavu picked up just their second win of the season with a stunning upset 22-14 win of Clermont, despite having prop Ben Broster red carded at the end of the first half.

Closing the gap to 13th-placed Grenoble to just a point after Saturday’s results, the boot of scrum-half Manu Saubusse played a major role in Bayonne’s key result.

Saubusse opened the scoring in the second minute before Clermont took the lead thanks to young centre Damien Penaud, with Camille Lopez converting to make it 7-3. Clermont fielded, Peceli Yato who was later yellow-carded.
Toulon stop Ratini, Wini

Toulon broke into the top four on the Top 14 table for the first time this season after their 31-12 bonus point victory over Stade Francais. Francais had former Vodafone Fijian 7s stars Alipate Ratini and Josaia Wini on the wings. Toulon raced to a 21-0 lead after 25 minutes thanks to tries from Mathieu Bastareaud, Xavier Chiocci and Liam Gill, which were all converted by Pierre Bernard. Chiocci and Gill’s tries were scored against 14 men after Theo Millet was sent off with a yellow card in the 15th minute.

The visitors found their way back into the game towards the end of the first half after tries from Jules Plisson and Ratini. It reduced the deficit to nine points going into the break, but as it turns out it would be Stade’s only tries and final points of the game.

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