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Vularika: Learn From Mistakes

“It is what it is, one will win and one will lose,” the former Flying Fijians halfback now turned second five eight said.
16 Mar 2020 13:02
Vularika: Learn From Mistakes
Fijian Latui replacement centre Apisalome Vota scores a try against China Lions during their Global Rapid Rugby opener at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on March 14, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fijian Latui’s second Glob1al Rapid Rugby clash against the South China Tigers at Albert Park, Suva is now cancelled.

The Latui went down 29-22 to China Lions in their GRR opener at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday night.

Latui captain Serupepeli Vularika said they have learnt a lot of lessons from the narrow loss.

“It is what it is, one will win and one will lose,” the former Flying Fijians halfback now turned second five eight said.

GRR CEO Mark Evans has announced the immediate suspension of the 2020 season.

Travel, quarantine and public health restrictions have made it logistically impossible to run the competition through the Asia-Pacific region.

Evans explained the timing of the suspension is for the imminent future.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the fans for their support of the competition and their teams.

“The passion and pride on display this year has been a pleasure to behold.”

Meanwhile, Western Force have kicked off in grand style with a 51-14 win over the Malaysia Valke, but Andrew Forrest’s new competition was brought to a crashing halt due to the coronavirus.

Only about 2000 fans attended Saturday night’s match at Perth’s HBF Park, with many thousands more scared away by the rising spread of the coronavirus.

The decision of the New Zealand government to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anybody travelling to the country is a big blow to Global Rapid Rugby (GRR).

Those restrictions apply to all countries except for Pacific nations.

The Force at least got to play one game in Forrest’s new AU$1 million competition. And they were hot from the outset, piling on seven tries to two to seal an easy win against a Malaysia Valke side made up of South African players.

In other round one action, South China Tigers posted an emphatic 52-27 victory over Manuma Samoa in Perth.
RESULTS (Round 1)

Fijian Latui 22-29 China Lions, South China Tigers 52-27 Manuma Samoa, Western Force 51- Malaysia Valke

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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