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Powerful rugby forward, Litia Naiqato scored a try for Stade Rennais women’s rugby side as they walloped Stade Toulousain 30-15 yesterday morning. Naiqato who is fondly known among her fans
21 Dec 2016 11:00
Flying Fijianas
Luisa Tisolo Basei (left) and Litia Naiqato (right) with a Stade Rennais team mate before their clash against Stade Toulousain in Paris yesterday. Photos: Stade Rennais

Powerful rugby forward, Litia Naiqato scored a try for Stade Rennais women’s rugby side as they walloped Stade Toulousain 30-15 yesterday morning.

Naiqato who is fondly known among her fans as Arnold along with team mate Lusia Tisolo Basei helped their club claim a top four spot in the French championship.

‘We played under cold and windy weather conditions,” Naiqato told SUNsports.

“On the night there was fog everywhere and it was a big challenge for us to battle the cold weather conditions. This was new to us. We gave our best on the field for the full 80-minute game. We really executed our game plan well, our forward pack was too good in the set pieces and we made several turnovers and also we were awarded with two penalty tries.”

Naiqato who hails from Dakuinuku in Sawakasa, Tailevu is grateful with the learning experience and the level of exposure she and Basei have gained in France.

“We lost to Stade Toulousain in the first round of the championship that was before we came in but we are happy to turn things around this time by thrashing them. I’m very thankful to the exposure we have had and it’s just awesome.

“Stade Rennais is like a family to us now even though we are not coming home for Christmas and New Year but we are thankful to the Fijian players here for their generosity.”

Naiqato added that after the match they are now in the recovery mode before competition resumes early next month.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj


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