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The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians put on a spirited display and a passed the test with flying colours at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday. The Akapusi Qera-captained side played like
17 Jun 2018 12:50
Test Spot On
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians players, head coach John McKee (standing-left) and the ball boys with the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on June 16, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians put on a spirited display and a passed the test with flying colours at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

The Akapusi Qera-captained side played like a professional outfit to demolish Georgia 37-15 to defend the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

Georgia looked strong in the first half but Fiji used the big forwards and backline into the match in the second half to take control and end Georgia’s seven-match winning streak in international games. The teams will next meet at the Rugby World Cup in Osaka, Japan in October 3, 2019.

Outscoring the visitors six tries to three, the team gauged the Lelos in the first half before unleashing their firepower in the second spell.

This left the Georgians grounded as they failed to score in the second spell.

Halfback Henry Seniloli scored the first two tries with one coming off against the feed after good scrummaging and the second through a superb angle run by centre Semi Radradra.

Georgia led 15-10 at halftime but Fiji scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to complete a convincing victory.

Replacement halfback Frank Lomani scored twice and one each to Jale Vatubua and Radradra.

One of the pleasing features was how the forwards dominated the battle upfront. Props Manasa Saulo and Campese Ma’afu opted to take on the Georgians now and again and won the contest outright.

The forwards should also be commended for their ability to douse the rolling mauls.

Here is how we rate them;

1.Campese Maafu- Strong game and leader of the pack-8

2.Veremalua Vugakoto- brilliant de­but for the young rake, player for fu­ture-7

3.Manasa Saulo- Good performance , eager to get involved-7.

4.Api Ratuniyarawa-another tower­ing performance -7

5.Leone Nakarara– Stalwart perfor­mance, always a handful to handle.-7.5

6.Dominiko Waqanibrotu-his best game to date, strong defender-7.5

7.Akapusi Qera- Strong defensive game-6

8.Viliame Mata– Strong runner with the ball, defended well-6.5

9.Henry Seniloli-another brilliant show, provided good cover-7.5

10.Ben Volavola-Call the shots, de­fended well, long pass always on tar­get-6.5

11.Nemani Nadolo- Always a handful to handle when he’s on first receiver, a reliable kicker-6

12.Jale Vatubua-a cracking game, never faulted in defence-7.5

13.Semi Radradra– grand debut, cen­tre for future-7

14.Vereniki Goneva-good organiser and deended well-6

15.Kini Murimurivalu-Safe

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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