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Rugby World Cup: Flying Fijians Click In The Rain

It was almost a comprehensive display as they were devastating on the attack and taking the Georgians head-on in what they are good at- scrummaging.
04 Oct 2019 15:39
Rugby World Cup: Flying Fijians Click In The Rain
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians (from left) Leone Nakarawa Api Ratuniyarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Veremalua Vugakoto celebrate Ratuniyarawa’s try against Georgia. Fiji won 45-10. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians threw off the shackles with six second-half tries to outclass Georgia 45-10 in Osaka yesterday.

The John McKee-coached side had a slender 7-3 lead at halftime but clicked in the rain in the second-half with tries to Semi Radradra (2), Frank Lomani, Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani and Api Ratuniyarawa for their first win of the tournament.

It was almost a comprehensive display as they were devastating on the attack and taking the Georgians head-on in what they are good at- scrummaging.

The Dominiko Waqaniburotu-captained side even stopped the driving mauls on a few occasions and this is a good sign as we look forward to playing Wales next Wednesday.

After the opening 21-39 loss to Australia and their shock 27-30 defeat to Uruguay, our playoff hopes were gone before kickoff.

But the win restored some pride and respectability to our RWC campaign with great attacking skills led by elusive Semi Radradra who deservedly was named man of the match.

The win gives Fiji a chance of finishing third in Pool D and claiming the automatic qualification for 2023 RWC in France.

The Lelos found it hard to cope with the pace and how first five-eighth Ben Volavola varied his options. Tuisova, Radradra and Nayacalevu and Lomani had a very influential day but the key was how Volavola directed play in superb fashion, including a couple of sublime kicks.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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