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Fijians Dominate Top 14 Match

Peceli Yato played at lock while Peni Ravai was at loosehead prop. In the backs were winger Alivereti Raka and strong running Apisai Naqalevu at second five-eight.
03 May 2021 09:35
Fijians Dominate Top 14 Match
Clermont winger Alivereti Raka (with ball) in full flight while second five eight Apisai Naqalevu provides support duriing their Top 14 clash against Brive at Stade Marcel-Michelin Stadium Clermont-Ferrand city, France on May 1, 2021. Photo: Clermont Rugby

Clermont’s 37-27 win over Brive in the French Top 14 clash on Saturday was dubbed the battle of the Fijians.

Four Fijian players were in Clermont’s starting line-up while Brive had five with another player coming in as a substitute.

Peceli Yato played at lock while Peni Ravai was at loosehead prop. In the backs were winger Alivereti Raka and strong running Apisai Naqalevu at second five-eight.

Robust hooker Peniami Narisa and tighthead prop Mesake Doge formed Brive’s front row while Kitione Kamikamica was at No.8.

Former Fijian 7s forward Setareki Bituniyata was on the wing with Setareki Tucuvu at fullback while Eneriko (Rico) Buliruarua came in as a sub.

The win moves Clermont within four points of the Top 14’s semi-final play off places.

Clermont, who last won the title in 2017, climbed to third spot above Racing 92, who lost 35-22 to Stade Francais in the Parisian derby earlier in the day, as three postponed fixtures were played on the weekend of the European Champions Cup semi-finals.

It was also coming to the end of Clermont coach Franck Azema’s contract as he will be replaced by former New Zealand forward Jono Gibbes next season.

Azema had been one of the top coaches that was interested for the Flying Fijians head coach’s job before it was awarded to Vern Cotter.

Although Azema has been linked to Montpellier, it was not known whether the French national would still be interested for the Fijian Drua’s head coach position for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Drua’s head coach’s position was advertised on Saturday.

Clermont led 20-6 at the interval after France lock Arthur Iturria opened his try account for the season and Brive first five Thomas Laranjeira responded with two penalties.

Hooker Etienne Fourcade and Raka added second-half efforts as Azema’s men held off an away fight back which included tries from Kamikamica, Joris Jurand and Tuicuvu.

Clermont are now just a win behind second-placed La Rochelle, who host Leinster in this morning’s Champions Cup as they aim for a place in May 22 final against Toulouse.

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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