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Kunatani Seals Win, Quins Fourth

"Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad member Semi Kunatani is almost like­ly to play in his first Rugby World Cup in September in Japan with another good performance scoring the match winner under the posts."
05 May 2019 02:09
Kunatani Seals Win, Quins Fourth
Harlequins’ Fijian forward Semi Kunatani scores a try on May 4, 2019. Photo: Harlequins rugby

Harlequins secured a 23-19 vic­tory against Leicester Tigers in the final game of the season at The Stoop yesterday and have moved back into the top four of the Gallagher Premiership.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad member Semi Kunatani is almost like­ly to play in his first Rugby World Cup in September in Japan with another good performance scoring the match winner under the posts.

The 2016 Rio Olympics sevens rugby gold medalist’s powerful surge over the Tigers’ tryline late in the second-half proved the difference between the two sides.

The Naqalimare, Navosa native re­placed took to the field to replace RPA Young Player of the Year nominee, Alex Dombrandt.

He immediately made an impact charging his way through the Tigers backline and slid over to put signifi­cant distance between the two sides on the scoreboard with five minutes remaining.

Team captain and former Wallaby James Horwill was given a standing ovation as he walked off at The Stoop for one final time in a Quins’ shirt.

The win has put the Quins fourth on 55 points and Flying Fijians Api Ratuniyarawa’s Northampton Saints score a bonus win today against Worcester Warriors to edge Quins for a semifinal spot.

The Quins last reached the semi-final in 2014.

Meanwhile, earning a losing bonus point Campese Ma’afu’s Leicester in their defeat allows Vereniki Goneva’s Newcastle Falcons to fight another day – or another fortnight if they secure a bonus-point win against Gloucester on today.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is keeping a close tab on the progress of the overseas based Flying Fijians.

Currently in Australia finalising up­coming tour logistics, McKee must be impressed with Kunatani and his fel­low looseman Dominiko Waqaniburo­tu, Viliame Mata, Peceli Yato, Nemani Nagusa and locals Mosese Voka and Johnny Dyer.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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