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More Fijians In Challenge Cup Comp

This weekend saw another round of the Challenge Cup competition in Europe and our players continued to put on another superb performance for their respective clubs.   Masilevu scores in
12 Dec 2016 13:48
More Fijians In Challenge Cup Comp
Benito Masilevu.

This weekend saw another round of the Challenge Cup competition in Europe and our players continued to put on another superb performance for their respective clubs.

 

Masilevu scores in Brive big win

Late replacement winger Benito Masilevu scored a try for Brive as they trounced Enisei-STM 43-8 in the Challenge Cup competition on Saturday.

Masilevu joined fellow Fijian centre Sevanaia Galala and flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu in their big win.

Nicolas Bezy set the tone early on with a try in the second minute of the match before Gaetan Germain added the extras and a penalty for Brive.

Anton Rudoi got Enisei on the board with his side’s only try before Iurii Kushnarev added their only other points of the entire game with a penalty before half time. Brive ran in a further three tries after that from Guillaume Namy, Guillaume Ribes and Masilevu to secure a comfortable bonus-point victory away from home. Other results: Worcester 33-20 Dragons 33-20, Cardiff Blues 28-3 Bath 28-3

 

Mata helps Edinburgh win

Former Vodafone Fijian 7s forward Viliame Mata helped Edinburgh to a 28-23 win over Stade Francais.

This was in impressive performance from Edinburgh, who struggled in the first half and played the majority of the second half with just 14 men after Phil Burleigh received a red card in the 56th minute.

Stade has the upper hand in the first 40 when Vodafone Flying Fijian centre Waisea Nayacalevu scored after just four minutes after he combined with winger Josaia Raisuqe.

Morne Steyn added the extras and four minutes later kicked a drop goal to give his side a 10-0 lead early on.

Sekou Macalou extending their lead even further with his own five-pointer before Steyn and Duncan Weir exchanged penalties before half time as Stade took a 20-3 lead into the second half.

But Edinburgh fought back in the second 40, starting with a try from Damien Hoylan. Ben Toolis followed suit shortly after to reduce the deficit to just five points.

Steyn kicked another penalty in the 59th minute right after Burleigh has been sent off, but the hosts hit back almost immediately through Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. Weir’s extras made it a one-point game before he added two more penalties to complete the comeback and seal the result.

 

Matavesi shines for Ospreys

Flying Fijian utility back Josh Matavesi scored a try for Ospreys as they made it three bonus-point victories out of three in the Challenge Cup pool stage. On Saturday they walloped Grenoble 59-7 at Stade des Alpes.

They got off and running early with tries from centre Kieron Fonotia and hooker Sam Parry, the latter via a well-worked driving maul. Despite the hosts hitting back on 24 minutes when centre Clement Gelin crossed the line, Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones’ try made it 21-7 soon after before centre Matavesi went over to get the bonus-point before the break, with Dan Biggar kicking his fourth conversion.

Ospreys scored their fifth try of the game on 49 minutes when wing Daf Howells crossed, but for the first time Biggar missed his extras. Howells was over for a brace soon after as the procession continued in France with Biggar this time converting as the score was 40-7.

Young wing Keelan Giles was the Ospreys’ seventh scorer on 65 minutes and then added his second and his team’s eighth late on, with Biggar scoring a ninth in a comprehensive victory for Steve Tandy’s charge

 

Fijian duo fail to lift La Rochelle

Fijian backs Levani Botia and David Raikuna failed to rescue La Rochelle as they went down 35-14 to Gloucester at Kingsholm.

The Cherry and Whites were leading 22-7 at half-time after bouncing back well from being 0-7 adrift following an eighth minute score from flank Kevin Gourdan.

It came from sustained pressure on the Gloucester try-line with Zack Holmes knocking over the relatively simple extras.

Centre Mark Atkinson got them level with a converted try and then Greig Laidlaw slotted a penalty on 24 minutes to push them 10-7 ahead.

Loosehead prop Josh Hohneck and wing Ollie Thorley then crossed in the next 10 minutes before Laidlaw extended the cushion to 15 points.

Hope came for La Rochelle when wing Raikuna scored three minutes into the second period, but Laidlaw was on-target again soon after, making it 25-14 until the 66th minute when the Scotland international scrum-half called for the tee once again to push his side 28-14 up.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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