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Our Loosies On The Hunt In Europe

Eight months to go before the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan on September 20, our men continue to hit the as­cendancy in Europe. The Fijians have another
20 Jan 2019 11:00
Our Loosies On The Hunt In Europe
Viliame Mata on the attack for Edinburgh. Photo: Zimbio, Nemani Nagusa shrugs off Toulon defenders at Kingston Park on January 19, 2019. Photo: Newcastle Rugby

Eight months to go before the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan on September 20, our men continue to hit the as­cendancy in Europe.

The Fijians have another good competitive week in the Cham­pions Cup and Green King IRA Championship competitions yes­terday.

Our rugby continues to be on the liftoff since we beat France 21-14 two months ago and it augurs be­fore our Europe –based players meet in their first assembly in Toulouse. This is before the play­ers head home to prepare for the Pacific Nations Cup and two tests against New Zealand Maori in June-July.

With competitions for spots in­tensifying with Coach John McKee wanting only the best for the four-yearly showpiece, our loose-men are on the ball and competing with the best in Europe.

Edinburgh’s Viliame Mata, Al­bert Tuisue for London Irish and Nemani Nagusa for the Newcastle Falcons impressed for their teams.

Mata was unsurprisingly at the heart of his side’s resurgence in the second half as Montpellier looked to build on a slim one-point lead.

The No.8 decisive turnovers swung momentum back in Edin­burgh’s favour time and again. Mata’s team top Pool 5 and their quarterfinal opponent could be ei­ther Exeter Chiefs or Munster

Tuisue played his second game for the Exiles at No.6 and helped in 35-29 win over the Nottingham.

Tuisue, one of several players to catch the eye with ball in hand, is making a claim in the starting XV for the Exiles who are on track to be promoted to Premiership Rugby next season leading the table on 54 points.

Nagusa and fellow Fijian Josh Matavesi scored but it was not enough as the Falcons went down 24-27 to Josua Tuisova’s Toulon at Kingston Park.

Nagusa made some good carries and stood out at No.8 in his first season with the Falcons. He played throughout while fellow Flying Fi­jians Tevita Cavubati (lock) came in the 54rd minute while Vereniki Goneva was replaced in the 64th minute.

The other Fijians who played yes­terday were Veitokani who came off the bench and Filipo Nakosi who scored for Toulon.

Although he didn’t not play, Semi Kunatani’s Harlequins also quali­fied for the Champions Cup quar­terfinal after defeating Benito Ma­silevu’s Agen 33-17 in France.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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