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On Track: McKee

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is ada­mant that the country’s develop­ment programme is on track. This was after the Fijian Warriors de­fended the World Rugby Pacific
18 Mar 2018 11:00
On Track: McKee
Veraamu Dikidikilati of Fiji Warriors shakes off Tongan defender during 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge at ANZ Stadium on March 17, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is ada­mant that the country’s develop­ment programme is on track.

This was after the Fijian Warriors de­fended the World Rugby Pacific Chal­lenge when they thrashed Tonga A 57-7 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

“You can see from the Warriors results we have been quite dominant on the scoreboard in this tournament,” McKee said.

“I think that is the reflection of the lot of work that is going on with develop­ment of these young players. We have a lot of talented young players in the island and around the academy system. “These young players have shown that they are able to step-up and probably at the moment we are little bit ahead of our Pacific rivals in that area.”

What happened: In a classy performance the Senirusi Seruvakula coached- side scored seven tries in the first half.

The tries came from Inia Tawalo, Tevi­ta Ratuva, winger Veramu Dikidikilati, Waisale Urabuta, Luke Tagi with No.8 Albert Tuisue scoring a double.

First-five eight Serupepeli Vularika kicked over four conversions as they led 43-0 at halftime.

The Warriors continued to be dominant in the second half as Vularika scored the eighth try and converted it while the Tongans in the 63rd minute through captain, Fetuli Paea scored their lone try with the conversion going over.

With less than five minutes of play re­maining the rampant Warriors scored their final try with Vularika adding the extras with the conversion.

Comment: Tonga A head coach Isi Fa­tani said: “Definitely, this is a great tournament and it helps my players to develop their talents. In Tonga de­velopment is slow compared to Fiji. “I’m happy to bring them here in Fiji be­cause I want them to learn and develop their talent for the future.”

SCORERS

Fiji Warriors 57: (Tries: Inia Tawalo, Albert Tuisue (2), Tevita Ratuva, Ve­ramu Dikidikilati, Waisale Urabuta (2), Luke Tagi, Serupepeli Vularika. Cons: Vularika (6)

Tonga A 7: (Tries: Fetuli Paea. Cons: James Faiva (1).

Edited by Osea Bola

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