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Lomani Shines with the Barbarians

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani can hold his head high after a successful stint with the Barbarians. Lomani took the field yesterday in the 50th minute with Jesse
03 Dec 2018 11:10
Lomani Shines with the Barbarians
From left: Frank Lomani (Flying Fijian) with South African players Elton Jantjies, Aphiwe Dyantyl and Sikhumbuzo Notshe with the Killik Cup after their Barbarians team beat Argentina 38-35 at Twickenham in London on December 2, 2018. Photo: Barbarians

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani can hold his head high after a successful stint with the Barbarians.

Lomani took the field yesterday in the 50th minute with Jesse Kriel and helped spark the Barbarians fightback from a 27-7 deficit to edge Argentina 38-35 at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Three of Lomani’s off-loads from phase play led to two tries and a final pass to Elton Jantjies sealed the win with a drop-goal from the Springbok in the 79th minute.

According to ESPN, clever offloads from Lomani and Kriel resulted in the famous invitational club’s breakthrough, with man-of-the-match Lood de Jager, bursting through the Argentina defence.

“We always knew that we would clear the bench at 50 minutes,” Barbarians coach Rassie Erasmus said, as he reflected on the comeback. The 35-35 score set up a grandstand finish with five minutes to go.

“We’re the Barbarians, we didn’t plan for a drop-goal,” Erasmus joked afterward, but it was Jantjies who seized the opportunity, his left-footed strike wobbling through the posts with 60 seconds left on the clock.

“It was my responsibility to win the game for the boys and I took that responsibility,” Jantjies said.

Erasmus added: “I like it when guys make big decisions.”

Britains’s Daily Mail newspaper reported yesterday that Lomani is in talks to join English club Wasps.

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