Nakarawa Stars On Glasgow Debut

The towering lock opened the scoring inside the third minute as he dived over from close range to set the platform for an emphatic.
20 Jan 2020 12:39
Nakarawa Stars On Glasgow Debut
Leone Nakarawa in action for Glasgown Warriors on Janaury 19, 2019. Photo: The Scotsman

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians forward Leone Nakarawa marked his return to the Glasgow Warriors with try in a 45-7 bonus point win against Sales Sharks yesterday.

The European Championship Cup match at the AJ Bell Stadium was Nakarawa’s first in his second stint at Glasgow.

The towering lock opened the scoring inside the third minute as he dived over from close range to set the platform for an emphatic.

The Mokuisa, Kadavu native, was sin-binned following a series of infringements shortly before half-time but returned strongly in the second-half to see-out the win.

Nakarawa’s Flying Fijians teammate, Nikola Matawalu, started from the bench for Glasgow and has also been in good form lately.

Sam Johnson scored the bonus-point try before Jake Cooper-Woolley got Sale on the scoreboard.

Jonny Gray and George Turner’s tries brought Glasgow’s final tally to six.

If Glasgow is to make the last eight then Saracens and Gloucester, who played this morning, cannot win or earn a draw with a four-try bonus point.

The Scottish side’s win also ends Irish team Munster’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Glasgow man of the match Ali Price said: “We knew we had to come and put in a performance that we were proud of. We did our job to try and make the top eight. Hopefully results go our way and we can scrape in.

“We had to come here and get five points and try and put ourselves in the mix. We’ve done that.”


Flying Fijians fullback Kini Murimurivalu started on the wing for La Rochelle and scored a try to help his side beat Exeter Chief 33-14 at Sandy Park in England.

Fijian born AC Clermont centre Apisai Naqalevu was unstoppable scored a try against Harlequins to secure a 26-19 bonus point win at the Kingspan Stadium in England.

Elsewhere, Brive, who have the services of former Fiji 7s rep Setareki Bituyata, former Marist Brothers High School U18 centre Eneriko Buliruarua, Mesake Doge, Kitione Kamikamica beat Stade Francais 33-29 at the Stade De Francais stadium in France.

Peniami Narisia scored for Brive against a team stacked with more Fijian talent, including Luke Tagi, Veresa Tuqovu and Joketani Koroi.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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