Rugby

Fijian 3 In Top 14 ‘21 Dream Team

These players consistent performance have been closely monitored by Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter.
11 Jun 2021 18:08
Fijian 3 In Top 14 ‘21 Dream Team
Our top three players highly rated in the French Top 14 competition for the 2020/ 2021 season and are named in their Dream Team. From left: Clermont tighthead prop Peni Ravai, rookie Lyon lock Temo Mayanavanua and Pau winger Aminiasi Tuimaba.

After a sterling performance during the 2020-2021 Top 14 French rugby competition, three Fijian players have been named in the season’s Dream Team.

According to Midi Olympique, Flying Fijians tighthead prop Peni Ravai, rookie lock forward Temo Mayanavanua and former Fijian 7s winger Aminiasi Tuimaba were named in a team that was dominated by players from other top clubs like Castres, Racing 92 and Toulon.

This is what the Midi Olympique had to say about our players:

 

  • Ravai played well picking up 27.9 points for a good season with his club Clermont retaining its place in the top 6 thanks to their win over La Rochelle.

An extremely important component to their success is the contribution of their scrum pillar Peni Ravai.

At Michelin, the Fijian has once again shown how much his activity can advance his team. He broke three tackles and multiplied the races with the ball (8), which made him one of the most prominent left-handers of the last day.

 

  • Former Suva Grammar School student and Flying Fijians lock Temo Mayanavanua was the money man in the lineouts for his club Lyon throughout the season.

He picked up 69.5points, Mayanavanua was in the oven and the mill against Agen. A try, a crossing, a broken tackle, six races, eight tackles. An XXL match for his last outing for Lyon in the 2020-2021 season in his sixth game this season.

 

  • Aminiasi Tuimaba continues his try scoring spree for his club Pau and earned 74 points during the Top 14 competition. There is almost no doubt that Tuimaba is one of the standouts at the end of the season.

In the Montpellier defence, the Fijian winger creaked havoc and largely contributed to their win. By signing a double, he brought his total for the season to six tries registered in his last six games.

Add to that three crossings and especially the huge figure of eight tackles avoided, and you get the second best total of points of this final day (74).

These players consistent performance have been closely monitored by Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter.

For Mayanavanua and Ravai a call up for the Flying Fijians Test matches against the All Blacks on July 10 an 17 is almost certain with their consistent performance.

As much as he wants to rub shoulders with the best rugby players in the planet, Tuimaba will be joining the Fijian 7s team in their gold medal defence at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

And with such performance, there is no doubt the Yasawa flyer will definitely continue from where he had left off in sevens rugby.

 

Other players

The other members of the Dream Team include hooker Gaëtan Barlot (Castres)-88.9 points, prop Demba Bamba (Lyon)- 48.9 points, locks Matt Philip (Pau)- 63.7 points, blind side flanker Yoan Tanga Mangene (Racing 92)- 67.5 points, open side flanker Antoine Miquel (Stade Toulouse)- 53.5 points, at number eight is Antonie Claassen (Racing 92): 66.5 points.

In the backs, halfback Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon)- 46.9 points, first five eight Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres)- 67 points, second five eight Pierre-Louis Barassi (Lyon)- 46.5 points, centre Thomas Combezou (Castres)- 45 points, blindside wing Teddy Thomas (Racing 92)- 63.5 points and at fullback is Donovan Taofifénua (Racing 92)- 62.5 points.

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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