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Captain Leone Nakarawa Leads By Faith

Yesterday, was the second time Nakarawa did not join the ‘cibi’, as Peceli Yato led the traditional challenge. He also did not do the ‘cibi’ against the Maori All Blacks.
04 Aug 2019 16:31
Captain Leone Nakarawa Leads By Faith
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Leone Nakarawa scores a try against Canada on August 3, 2019, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. The Flying Fijians secured a bonus point win in the Pacific Nations Cup beating Canada 38-13. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Leone Nakarawa did not do the ‘cibi’ (Fijian war dance) yesterday, but knelt down by the sideline and said his prayers.

Then the lock forward then ran onto the field for the second round of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match against Canada at Suva’s ANZ Stadium.

Yesterday, was the second time Nakarawa did not join the ‘cibi’, as Peceli Yato led the traditional challenge. He also did not do the ‘cibi’ against the Maori All Blacks.

Nakarawa said after the game: “For me personally, I only glorify God. I only believe in God. That’s my personal belief.”

The host recorded a bonus point 38-13 win over the Canadians and the lanky man from Mokoisa, Tavuki, Kadavu, was instrumental in the forwards with his offload game. He scored one of Fiji’s six tries.

Despite the win, he admitted they needed to step up in the final pool game of the PNC against Samoa on Saturday.

“We will enjoy the win, but Samoa will be a challenge and we must step up and work harder,” Nakarawa said.

Fiji led 19-13 at halftime, with tries to Viliame Mata, Peceli Yato and Nakarawa. The Canadians scored a try through winger Kainoa Lloyd while first five-eighth Shane O’Leary added two penalties.

Tries in the second spell were scored by prop Peni Ravai, winger Josua Tuisova and replacement hooker Mesulame Dolokoto.

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