Tuisova Continues Form

  Winger Josua Tuisova continued on from where he left off last week with the Flying Fijians as he scored a try in Toulon’s 22-3 win over Grenoble. Toulon slightly
03 Dec 2018 09:58
Tuisova Continues Form
Toulon winger Josua Tuisova on the burst against Grenoble as he socred a try in their 22-3 win on December 1,2018. Photo: Planet Rugby


Winger Josua Tuisova continued on from where he left off last week with the Flying Fijians as he scored a try in Toulon’s 22-3 win over Grenoble.

Toulon slightly eased the pressure on head coach Patrice Collazo following this ultimately comfortable victory over fellow strugglers Grenoble.

When Collazo guided La Rochelle to the summit of the Top 14 in 2016/17, they played some thrilling rugby, but that has not been in evidence this year and the hosts duly fell behind to Gaetan Germain’s penalty.

At least they had Hugo Bonneval, who provided the spark Toulon needed. Firstly, the full-back’s break got them on the front foot and allowed Anthony Belleau to move them level at the break, before he started the second period in similar vein.

Bonneval stepped outside of an attempted tackle and kicked ahead, putting the visitors under pressure. Grenoble’s clearance was charged down and Mathieu Bastareaud was on hand to power over from close range for a crucial score.

That gave the home side the momentum and their individual quality came to the fore. Tuisova, who has had a quiet season, suddenly burst into life and showed his power and pace to brilliantly finish in the corner.



Fiji Airways Flying Fijians winger Timoci Nagusa returned from injury but could not help his Montpellier side as they went down 28-23 to Clermont at the GGL Stadium on Saturday. Clermont who played without fullback Setareki Tuicuvu had Alivereti Raka on the wing while fiery flanker Peceli Yato came in as a substitute.



Hard luck for Flying Fijians lock forward Leone Nakarawa who scored a try for Racing 92 but were beaten 16-11 by La Rochelle.

The Kadavu native put on a splendid performance along with first five eight Ben Volavola who has now made it to the run on team- twice in a row.



Jale Vatubua played at second five eight for Pau with Watisoni Votu on the wing as they were walloped 30-10 by Lyon on Saturday.  Lyon maintained their control on proceedings, however, and after Liam Gill had gone over, Jonathan Pelissie’s three-pointer gave them a 17-point buffer at the interval.

With Mignoni’s charges in command, their intensity dipped slightly but they still managed to score twice more through Virgile Lacombe and Charlie Ngatai.



Newcastle Falcons with Vereniki Goneva and No.8 Nemani Nagusa made it three successive victories at Franklin’s Gardens with a last-gasp 16-14 victory over Northampton Saints on Saturday.

Northampton also had burly Fijian winger Taqele Naiyaravoro who was closely marked by Goneva and lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa who was making a comeback from injury.

-Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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