Speedy Ravai

“There’s a fair few guys in the side now who haven’t won a trophy with Saints and to do that as a group would be massive. We’d love to go all the way.”
05 Apr 2021 13:40
Speedy Ravai
Clermont and Flying Fijians tighthead prop Peni Ravai on the burst against Wasps in the eliminations of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England on April 3, 2021. Ravai scored a try as they registered an upset 27-25 win over the top English club. Clermont now face Toulouse in this weekend’s quarterfinal Photo: Clermont Rugby

Flying Fijians tighthead prop Peni Ravai was one of Clermont’s heroes when they scored an upset 27-25 win over Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England on Saturday.

This ended the champion England club’s Heineken Champions Cup campaign

Trailing Wasps 20-14 at halftime, Clermont clawed their way back with a try to Sebastien Bezy before the Fijian international struck.

Hard hitting second five-eighth, George Moala, broke through a gap and floated a pass to Ravai who had enough speed to get over and swivelled around his tackler Paolo Odogwu to score the try that put them ahead.

Referee Frank Murphy was on the spot to confidently award the try, before being checked by the TMO.

Ravai started the match with winger Alivereti Raka while fiery flanker Peceli Yato came in at the 49th minute to continue on the onslaught.

But Clermont left it to Kotaro Matsushima to score the crucial try before landing the conversion for the win.

Clermont will have home advantage in their quarterfinal clash against Toulouse, this weekend. Toulouse beat Munster 40-31 in the elimination and will now travel to the Stade Marcel Michelin

“I thought the boys showed massive character in the last 10 minutes,” said Clermont No.8 Fritz Lee.

Clermont have reached the final of the competition three times but lost each time.

“As a club, as a personal dream, we’re always trying to chase down that European cup,” said Lee.


European Challenge Cup

Meanwhile, big Fijian winger Taqele Naiyaravoro scored two tries for Northampton Saints as they scored a comeback 43-39 win over the Dragons in the European Challenge Cup. The Saints were behind 22-10 at halftime.

Flying Fijians hooker, Sam Matavesi came in as a substitute for the Saints as they now gear towards their home quarterfinal clash against the winner of the Harlequins, Ulster clash.

Matavesi is eyeing up the opportunity to lift his first piece of silverware in Black, Green and Gold, with Northampton heading straight into the knockout stages.

“I think we’d be lying if we didn’t say that it’s a massive chance for us,” Matavesi said.

“In four games we could have some silverware. Anything in Europe is massive.

“There’s a fair few guys in the side now who haven’t won a trophy with Saints and to do that as a group would be massive. We’d love to go all the way.”

Newcastle Falcons with Fijian centres George Wacokecoke and Joel Matavesi overcame a strong challenge from Ospreys to win 28-24.



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