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Fijian U20 Win Just

Vodafone Fijian U20  side were held to a 26-all  draw by the Tongans . But the Koli Sewabu-coached side clinched the Series by scoring more tries.   The Vodafone Fijian
03 Dec 2017 15:31
Fijian U20 Win Just
Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby captain Veremalua Vugakoto (left) receives the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy from Oceania Rugby competitions manager Wayne Schuster at Churchill Park, Lautoka on December 2, 2017. Photo: Lusi Banuve

Vodafone Fijian U20  side were held to a 26-all  draw by the Tongans . But the Koli Sewabu-coached side clinched the Series by scoring more tries.

 

The Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby team qualified for the 2018 World Rugby Trophy despite a draw at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

This was after they won the series against Tonga claiming the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy title in a match that saw both teams draw 26-26 at fulltime.

The teams drew 15-15 in the first clash last Tuesday but the Fijian U20 side scored four tries to Tonga’s three to clinch the series

Tonga drew first blood in the 11th minute with a try to lock forward Tevita Oto from a short lineout move.

In the 21st minute Tonga scored again from a wonderfully worked backline move that started from inside their 40-metre line which resulted in flyer Litani Pakalani scoring.

Fiji scored their first try in the 29th minute when former Queen Victoria School U18 player Meli Derenalagi scored and was converted by Peniasi Ratu.

In the 32nd minute Tongan first five eighth Netane Masima gave Tonga their much needed points from a penalty. Minutes later they were edged by Fiji when halfback Peniasi Ratu scored and converted his own try to leave the scores at 14-13 at halftime.

Fiji opened the second half with a try to centre Timoci Tavatavanawai and another try later to winger Veramu Dikidikilati.

Tonga slotted in two penalties one after another and at the final whistle scored a try to Tony Taufa which was also converted.

Tongan U20 captain Sailosi Vea said the team was disappointed that they had lost the series.

“We tried our best but we lost and it’s disappointing for us,” he said.

Fijian U20 forward Temo Mayanavanua said they were elated to be able to win the series against a strong and formidable Tongan side.

“Tonga was a tough team to play against and they really gave us a run for our money. But I am grateful we were able to win the series.

“I would like to thank the boys, for playing their hearts out,” he said.

The lanky player also dedicated the win to the orphans at the Treasure Home in Nadi.

Edited by  Osea  Bola

Feedback:  lusi.banuve@fijisun.com.fj




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