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Mesulame Dolokoto Scores Twice In Debut For Glasgow Warriors

Also impressive in Warriors colours and making an eye-catching return to Scotstoun was lock forward Leone Nakarawa, who gave fans a lot to cheer for.
16 Feb 2020 11:05
Mesulame Dolokoto Scores Twice In Debut For Glasgow Warriors
Mesulame Dolokoto celebrates after scoring one of his two tries on debut for Glasgow Warriors. INSET: Coach Dave Rennie.

It was a dream debut for Fiji Airways Flying Fijians hooker Mesulame Dolokoto who scored two tries for Glasgow Warriors as romped to 56-24 win over Zebre at Scotstoun yesterday.

Playing in the PRO14 competition, Dolokoto who came in a substitute has impressed his coach who is also the newly appointed Australian Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie.

“Mesu’s a pretty handy player,” smiled Rennie.

“We’ve got good depth at hooker and it was good to get him out there tonight. He’s had a bit to learn since he arrived, but he’s a good athlete and you saw a bit of that tonight. We’re rapt with how he went.”

Also impressive in Warriors colours and making an eye-catching return to Scotstoun was lock forward Leone Nakarawa, who gave fans a lot to cheer for.

“Leone’s a handful, isn’t he? He makes space for others and it was great to see him back at Scotstoun tonight,” remarked Rennie.

The Warriors ran in eight tries, yet having touched down twice inside the opening 10 minutes Rennie believes the first-half showing from his team still has room for improvement.

Also, playing superbly for Zebre was lock Fijian Apisai Tavuyaca, who played with Dolokoto while at Queen Victoria School.

 

Mata, Sau to start

Flying Fijians No.8 Viliame Mata and Eroni Sau have been named in Edinburgh’s line-up to play Scarlets in today’s PRO14 clash.

They are among the 10 international players in the Edinburgh side.

“We’ve got a few guys back from Scotland camp with it being a fallow week, so we travel south with a good bit of experience,” said head coach Richard Cockerill.

“We face tricky weather conditions on Saturday however, so it’s going to be a battle no matter what.”

 

Lomani out, Rebels win

Confusion on the number of foreign players playing for Melbourne Rebels saw Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani being withdrawn from their Match 23 squad. This is after Rugby Australia highlighted the issue.

However, Rebels coach Dave Wessels was pleased as they managed to beat the Waratahs 24-10 on Friday night.

“I think in our guts we know the team’s going good and the group’s super connected and everyone’s buying in. you can see that in the way that they played and sometimes things don’t happen for you in a game, that’s just sport,” he said.

“I’m pleased we got the win…I kind of know we’re going to have a good season.”

Fijian-born Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete scored one of Rebels three tries.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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