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Nakarawa, Botia Shine

Big Vodafone Flying Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa continues to score tries for Racing 92 as the Top 14 competition nears completion. The Kadavu rugger scored again, as they scored a
27 Mar 2017 11:00
Nakarawa, Botia Shine
Leone Nakarawa (left), on the defence for racing 92 against Clermont Auvergne.

Big Vodafone Flying Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa continues to score tries for Racing 92 as the Top 14 competition nears completion.

The Kadavu rugger scored again, as they scored a crucial win over Clermont.

Table leaders La Rochelle, have extended their lead over Clermont with tough centre Levani Botia being praised for his excellent work rate.

Racing 92 ended a turbulent couple of weeks by withstanding a late Clermont Auvergne fightback and emerging 27-24 triumphant in Lille. It was the Parisians’ first encounter since their proposed merger with Stade Français collapsed and they dominated the opening period.

Dan Carter, criticised for his recent performances, was in fine form and helped guide the hosts to a deserved 20-0 advantage.

However, Maxime Machenaud was sin-binned and Clermont reduced the arrears via a penalty try and Fijian born Alivereti Raka’s touchdown.

Nalaga scores in Lyon’s big win

Burly Nadroga winger Napolioni Nalaga scored a try for Lyon as they plunged Bayonne further into the mire with a 52-7 win.

The game was seemingly over after 12 minutes with Facundo Isa, Toby Arnold and Thibaut Regard all crossing the whitewash for a 21-0 advantage before Freddie Michalak added a penalty on the half-hour mark.

Bayonne with veteran Fijian centre Gabirieli Lovobalavu tried hard to find their way back but it was to no avail.

Botia shines in back-row battle

La Rochelle’s remarkable season continued after yet another victory – this time a 23-13 triumph over Pau– took them 11 points clear of second placed Clermont Auvergne. La Rochelle fielded Fijians Levani Botia, Jone Qovu and Savenaca Rawaca. Pau who winger Watisoni Votu, who scored their lone try.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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