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Dyer Stars In Biarritz’s Upset Win

Dyer, who missed on the Europe Tour for the Flying Fijians was in mesmerising form as he won a number of turnovers and made strong carries.
29 Nov 2021 12:41
Dyer Stars In  Biarritz’s Upset Win
Biarritz lock Johny Dyer breaks through the defence during the French Top14 clash last month. Photo: Biarritz

Flanker turned lock John Dyer put on another man of the match performance for his club Biarritz as they upset Stade Francais 17-14 in the Top 14 competition on Saturday. 

Dyer, who missed on the Europe Tour for the Flying Fijians was in mesmerising form as he won a number of turnovers and made strong carries.

He was assisted by veteran Fijian-born Wallaby backs Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight.

Flying Fijians captain Waisea Nayacalecu came in as a late sub for Stade Francais but was not able to secure them a win.

Former Flying Fijians lock Tevita Cavubati was yellow carded but was always in the thick of things from Perpignan as they beat Clermont 26-24.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medallist Jiuta Wainiqolo was back to his best as Toulon beat Lyon 19-13. Also playing alongside Wainiqolo was veteran lock Leone Nakarawa.

Lyon’s try came from winger Tavite Veredamu while Josua Tuisova had a quiet game.

Strong running Levani Botia came in as sub for La Rochelle as they thrashed Aminiasi Tuimaba’s Pau 36-8.

Castres with Fijian combination of Vilimoni Botitu, Adrea Cocagi and Josua Raisuqe did not have enough firepower as they lost 25-24 to Montpellier.

Lanky lock Tevita Ratuva was also yellow carded as his club Brive lost 18-11 to Toulouse.

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Flying Fijians duo Sam Matavesi and Api Ratuniyarawa further strengthened Northampton Saints as they beat Bristol Bears 36-20.

The 35-year-old Ratuniyarawa continued on his fine performance after starring for the Flying Fijians during their recent Test matches in Cardiff and Madrid.

Northampton boss Chris Boyd has paid tribute to Ratuniyarawa who is helping the club mount a challenge for the Premiership title although he is under the impression his 6ft 6ins lock forward is much older than statistics show.

“We are not quite sure – it depends on which passport he takes out – how old he is but he is 40 something,” he told Rugby Pass about the Fijian lock.

“I think one of his passports shows he is 37 – 38 and so we think he is somewhere between 37 and 43 and seems to getting better with age. He has been very good for us and an integral part of our machine and we have enjoyed him.

“Api likes to go back to play for the Fijians and feels comfortable with the boys around him and is a bit of the old head and my understanding is that he has a lot more to say in the Fijian environment than he does in ours. 

“For us, he is just a head facing north and bum facing south type of guy and gets on with his business. I also thought Sam Matavesi (Saints Fijian hooker) was outstanding against Wales and has been very good for us all year. He stepped up and played well for Fiji and is a real quality player.”

Albert Tuisue came in as an impact player for London Irish as they edged Harlequins 22-19 while Semesa Rokodugunu’s Bath went down 23-16 to Exeter Chiefs.

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