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One Down After A Decade Of Trying

We finally got one. And fans could not be happier as it has been awhile- in fact 10 years to precise. Ever since we beat the British and Irish Lions
25 Jun 2017 16:19
One Down After A Decade Of Trying
Fiji Vs Scotland test match June 24th 2017. Photos Bruce Southwick/ Zoomfiji

We finally got one. And fans could not be happier as it has been awhile- in fact 10 years to precise.

Ever since we beat the British and Irish Lions on the same ground in 1977, the 27-22 win over Scotland at the ANZ Stadium yesterday would go down as one of the moments to cherish.

Since victory over Wales at the 2007 RWC, the Vodafone Flying Fijians heed the call, rose to the challenge and made a telling statement for the world to take notice.

Coach John McKee called for big games on big occasions and the players responded.

After being competitive in two Rugby World Cup (2011, 2015), we finally managed to claim a win over Tier One nation.

Since taking up the coaching role three years ago, McKee key focus was not reaching the quarterfinals or the semifinals of the RWC but beating Tier One nations.

It is a more realistic goal and it’s becoming evident that the plan is slowly falling into place.

“I’m delighted, this is a big one. Like all Fijians, I’m mighty happy,”McKee said.

“But we need to do it more often. That is the way forward if we are to change things instead of merely being competitive against the Tier One nations.

“We’ve Ireland, Italy and Canada in November and we need to make our mark away from home.

“The players had the desire to win and they performed to expectations.”

The Scots won the try count 3-2 but discipline let them down and were ripped apart by the brilliant defence, offloading skills of Leone Nakarawa and five penalties from first five eighth Ben Volavola.

 

Here’s how we rate our Flying Fijians

  1. Kini Murimurivalu-7.5

Good performance, sound, safe and gaining confidence in every game.

  1. Josua Tuisova- 8

Grand debut, blockbusting on attack, handful to contain, stern in defence.

13, Albert Vulivuli-7.5

Stalwart in defence, held his ground, hard to crack.

12, Jale Vatubua-7

Another good performance in his third game.

  1. Patrick Osborne-7.5

Shows his class, linking well, good vision.

  1. Ben Volavola –8

Solid effort, good kicking game, run the show. Good field vision resulting in the first try scored

Peceli Yato following a cross kick which was perfectly placed for Patrick Osborne.

  1. Serupepeli Vularika-7

Sound display, communicating better with the players.

  1. Akapusi Qera-7

Despite spilling the ball resulting in a try to the Scots, he played a good defensive game before he was replaced.

7.Peceli Yato-7.5

Among the top performers.

  1. Dominiko Waqaniburotu-7

An asset, hardworking, always want to be in the mix.

  1. Leone Nakarawa-8.5

Played to expectations, a top performer.

  1. Tevita Cavubati-7

Always an asset taking the team forward with his strong runs.

  1. Kalivati Tawake-8

Never wilted or buckled until he was replaced in the dying minutes.

  1. Sunia Koto-7

Solid performance from the veteran, experience matters.

1, Peni Ravai-7

Solid effort upfront, good all-round display.

16: Tuapati Talemaitoga-6.5

Good impact player, lifted the tempo.

  1. Joeli Veitayaki-7.5

Super sub, strong performer.

  1. Mosese Ducivaki-4.5

Held his ground in his first scrum.

  1. Sikeli Nabou-5.5

Very useful when he came in for Cavubati.

  1. Naulia Dawai-5

Good defensive game.

21.Henry Seniloli-7.5

Up the tempo, took game to another level.

  1. John Stewart-6

Need more game to prove himself.

  1. Benito Masilevu-6

Strong man, always want to be involved.

Edited by Leone Cabenalevu

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