Rugby

Nadolo Blasts Lam

Burly winger tweeted: “Don’t portray Fiji rugby as the criminals because you’re annoyed your golden carrot couldn’t play today. I was actually sitting next to him when it went down.”
15 Dec 2020 13:27
Nadolo Blasts Lam
Leicester Tigers and Flying Fijians wing, Nemani Nadolo.

Get your facts straight, was the gist of burly Flying Fijians winger Nemani Nadolo’s message to Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam over his outburst on Semi Radradra’s injury.

“I respect Pat Lam but if you gonna come out and say Fiji Rugby management mistreated Semi then make sure you get the facts right,” Nadolo tweeted.

Lam’s mistreatment claim was made after Fiji’s 38-24 win over Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup. The Fijians held a slender 19-10 lead at halftime.

The centre suffered a leg injury, Lam said the injury could have been avoided if they had taken Radradra off the field earlier.

Radradra suffered a ‘serious bleed’ and is set to miss the first few matches of Bristol’s Heineken Champions Cup campaign which got off to a rocky start after they were stuffed by French giants Clermont Auvergne 51 – 38 at Ashton Gate.

It was game Lam would clearly have liked his star player to have been present for.

He alleged that Radradra limped through most of that first half, then they (Fijian officials) heavily strapped his leg.

“Fiji had control of that game, but he couldn’t chase, he wasn’t going at 100 per cent. I thought he would come off, but they kept him out there for 80 minutes.

“What turns out as a dead leg that probably should have been iced and he would have been good to go this week, that 80 minutes of running around turned into a serious bleed when he got here, and the leg blew up.

“The (Bristol) medical staff had to get on top of it. We scanned it, and unfortunately it could be two, maybe three weeks, that he is out.”

Lam said what was disappointing is that Fiji had the game won early and should have rested Radradra.

“There is no doubt in my mind, because Semi told the medical team at half-time that he was struggling, that if Fiji were playing another game this week he would have been taken off ready for that game. We are disappointed. He is a big player for us. We will put in a formal complaint to World Rugby,” Lam added.

Nadolo tweeted: “Don’t portray Fiji rugby as the criminals because you’re annoyed your golden carrot couldn’t play today. I was actually sitting next to him when it went down.”

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