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Fijians Star For Bordeaux

Radradra’s first-half try set the platform for a strong performance by the hosts, who shot to the top of pool 3 following the win.
13 Jan 2020 12:57
Fijians Star For Bordeaux
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre Semi Radradra scores the first try for Bordeaux against Edinburgh in the European Challenge Cup in France on January 12, 2020. Photo: Bordeaux Begles

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre Semi Radradra continues to impress on the world stage, scoring for Bordeaux yesterday in a 32-17 win over Edinburgh in the European Challenge Cup.

Radradra’s first-half try set the platform for a strong performance by the hosts, who shot to the top of pool 3 following the win.

The Taveuni native was hauled down just short of the line by Edinburgh wing Duhan Merwe and appeared to lose the ball before grounding, but was given the try.

The 27-year-old then turned provider for Santiago Cordero, dancing away from a couple of tackles to put the winger through in the corner to establish an early 17-3 lead.

Radradra started alongside Flying Fijians prop Peni Ravai, who also scored in the second-half to condemn Viliame Mata’s Edinburgh to a chastising defeat.

The Edinburgh line-out misfired for most of the match and another butchered set-piece near their own line gave Ravai the opportunity to cross for the bonus-point clinching fourth try.

Duhan van der Merwe’s breakaway score gave Edinburgh hope, but Yann Lesgourgues and Ravai rendered Mark Bennett’s late score meaningless.

Edinburgh can still book a place in the quarterfinals with victory over Agen at Murrayfield next weekend.

But the bonus-point win secures Bordeaux’s passage into the last eight as pool winners.

Other Results

Flying Fijian and Glasgow Warriors utility back Nikola Matawalu continued his scoring spree against Exeter Chiefs at the Scotson yesterday.

Despite Matawalu and George Horn’s tries the game ended in a 31-31 draw.

The draw means that Matawalu and Leone Nakarawa’s Glasgow need a bonus-point in their next game against Sale to proceed to the top eight.

In other matches, Olympian Masivesi Dakuwaqa scored for Toulon in the rain as they beat the Scarlets 27- 15 in England yesterday.

Toulon has secured their place in the last eight of the Challenge Cup by clinching Pool Two following the win.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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