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Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock Leone Nakarawa helped Racing 92 claimed a smash and grab 14-13 come-from-behind victory over the Scarlets in Cham­pions Cup action at Parc y Scarlets on
15 Oct 2018 10:42
Our Players Shine In UK
Fijian-born Clermont flanker Peceli Yato celebrates after a scoring one of his two tries against Northampton Saints at the Franklin’s Gardens in England on October 13, 2018. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock Leone Nakarawa helped Racing 92 claimed a smash and grab 14-13 come-from-behind victory over the Scarlets in Cham­pions Cup action at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.

Nakarawa played along with Joe Rokocoko on the wing while Virimi Vakatawa and Ben Volavola came in as substitutes in the second spell.

Racing 92 bossed the first-half, en­joying 64 percent territory and 60 percent possession, but it was actu­ally Scarlets who led for 29 minutes of the first stanza after Leigh Half­penny’s 10th minute penalty.

Scarlets were having to make twice the number of tackles as their op­ponents with a tackle efficiency of 84 percent compared to their oppo­nents’ 95, while Racing made double the amount of metres as Scarlets.

And just when it looked as if Scar­lets may hold on until the half-time whistle, Racing scrum-half Xavier Chauveau dummied and offloaded for Baptiste Chouzenoux, who had run an excellent support line to dot down. Fly-half Finn Russell gave the visitors a 7-3 lead going into the in­terval.

YATO RETURNS IN STYLE

Fiery Fijian-born flanker Peceli Yato scored two tries as Clermont walloped Northampton Saints 41-20 at the Franklin’s Gardens on Satur­day.

Clermont were too good as they dominated play with tries to Peter Betham (2), Yato (2), Rabah Slimani and Arthur Iturria.

Yato who missed the June Test se­ries due to injury is a sure starter for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during the upcoming Test matches in November.

KUNATANI DOUBLE FOR

HARLEQUINS

Former Fiji Airways Fijian 7s for­ward and Olympian Semi Kunatani scored twice for Harlequins as they thrash Agen 54-22 at Twickenham on Saturday.

Harlequins scored eight tries and Kunatani was making his debut af­ter moving from Toulouse.

Other Harlequin tries were scored by Mike Brown, Charlie Mulchrone, Kunatani (2), Nathan Earle, George Merrick, a penalty try and Joe Marchant provided their five-point­ers.

MATA’S BEST FALLS SHORT

Montpellier without Nemani Nado­lo and Timoci Nagusa started their Champions Cup campaign with a narrow and unconvincing 21-15 tri­umph over a gallant Edinburgh at the GGL Stadium.

Edinburgh fielded Fijian Olympian Viliame Mata at blindside flanker where he played a good game.

Vern Cotter’s charges controlled much of the opening period and de­served the 21-10 lead given to them by Henry Immelman, Benjamin Fall and Gabriel Ngandebe tries.

Mata and Kunatani are likely to play for the Flying Fijians in the No­vember Test matches

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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