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Done. More To Do

The Pasifika Voices choir sang the national anthem the signals the return of international rugby to the ANZ Stadium after 12 months yes­terday. And the John McKee-coached Fiji Air­ways Flying
10 Jun 2018 11:30
Done. More To Do
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians first five eight Ben Volavola dives over their second try against Samoa during the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup at ANZ Stadium, Suva, on June 9, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Pasifika Voices choir sang the national anthem the signals the return of international rugby to the ANZ Stadium after 12 months yes­terday.

And the John McKee-coached Fiji Air­ways Flying Fijians did just enough to come out victorious with a 24-22 bonus point win over Manu Samoa.

It was tough and torrid Pacific Na­tions Cup encounter worth the dollar with the hits which delights the crowd and the misses, something the coaching panel will need to work on before the second test against The Lelos of Geor­gia on Saturday.

It was a game the Fijians were bound to win in the end despite copping yel­low cards to Jale Vatubua, Akapusi Qera and Eroni Mawi.

They varied their options to good ef­fect playing and expansive game with pivot Ben Volavola calling the shots and taking the direct route when it mat­tered with Leone Nakarawa, Api Ra­tuniyarawa and Dominiko Waqanibu­rotu leading the charge.

But the outstanding feature of the game was the performance of the back­line who scored all the four tries.

Firstly wing Vereniki Goneva showed his class both in defence and offence.

He set up tries for Kini Murimurivalu and Henry Seniloli and scored one.

His try was well worked with Vola­vola hoisting a ‘Garryowen’ (high kick) which was perfectly contested by Murimurivalu.

Volavola read the game well and beat the rushing defence with a show and go to score for the Fijians to lead 17 -3 at halftime.

Here’s How We Rate Our Flying Fijians

  1. Campese Maafu- Held his own took plenty of tough carries throughout be­fore he was replaced by Eroni Mawi-7
  2. Tuapati Talemaitoga- Always look­ing for opportunities in the middle, im­proved his throwing passed his defen­sive assignment. 6.5
  3. Manasa SauloStrong upfront, made some barnstorming runs and always gave the team a lift. -7
  4. Api Ratuniyarawa Among the senior leaders who led by example and never disappoint. -6.5
  5. Leone Nakarawa Always in the thick of battle, a tower of strength in defence and attack. -7
  6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu Good defensive game and always an op­tion in the lineout. -6
  7. 7. Viliame Mata-Played well in his new role, made a few steals. -6
  8. 8. Akapusi Qera –Was replaced in the second half after being yellow carded. -4.5
  9. Henry Seniloli Connecting with his passes and always provided good cover. -6.5
  10. Ben Volavola Hard to beat when he is on form, defended well. -7.5
  11. 11. Vereniki Goneva – A splendid all-round performance. -8
  12. 12. Sefanaia Galala – Played the full 80 minutes on debut, defended soundly. -5.5
  13. .Jale Vatubua Despite copping a yellow card, he defended well. -6
  14. Benito Masilevu Always reli­able out wide. -5.5
  15. Kini Murimurivalu- Cool under the high ball, sound in defence and attack. -7

 

Edited by Leone cabenatabua

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