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Fijian Flyers Continue To Impress In Europe

Our Europe-based Flying Fi­jian reps put on a sterling performance for their clubs in the weekend.
06 Dec 2021 12:48
Fijian Flyers Continue To Impress In Europe
Lyon winger Josua Tuisova is tackled by Brive’s Setareki Tuicuvu during their Top 14 clash on December 4, 2021. Lyon won 41-0. Photo: Lyon Rugby

Our Europe-based Flying Fi­jian reps put on a sterling performance for their clubs in the weekend.

Veteran Leone Nakarawa along with props Peni Ravai and Mesake Doge, each scored a try.

But it was burly winger Josua Tu­isova who copped a red card in the 73rd minute when his club Lyon thrashed Brive in the French Top 14 clash on Saturday.

Lyon had Fijian wingers of Tu­isova and Tavite Veredamu while Temo Mayanavanua was at lock.

Brive had lanky Tevita Ratuva while they moved Setareki Tuicu­vu from fullback to centre with the hope of him containing his fellow countrymen. It was to no avail.

 

Fijian players playing for Clermont and Biarritz pose for a photo after their Top 14 clash on December 4, 2021. From left: Peceli Yato (Clermont), Alivereti Raka (Clermont), Johnny Dyer (Biarritz), Apisai Naqalevu (Clermont), Henry Speight (Biarritz), Peni Ravai (Clermont), Tevita Kuridrani (Biarritz). Clermont won 39-14. Photo: Clermont Rugby

Fijian players playing for Clermont and Biarritz pose for a photo after their Top 14 clash on December 4, 2021. From left: Peceli Yato (Clermont), Alivereti Raka (Clermont), Johnny Dyer (Biarritz), Apisai Naqalevu (Clermont), Henry Speight (Biarritz), Peni Ravai (Clermont), Tevita Kuridrani (Biarritz). Clermont won 39-14. Photo: Clermont Rugby

 

The new Fijian centre partner­ship continues to do wonders for Castres as they recorded a bonus point, 25-3, win over Racing 93.

Olympian Vilimoni Botitu played at centre while blockbusting Adrea Cocagi starred at second five-eight before Filipo Nakosi and Josua Raisuqe came in as subs.

First five-eight Ben Volavola did not make Racing’s Match 23 squad.

Ravai scored the opening try for Clermont in the 6th minute as they beat Biarritz 39-11.

Biarritz had fielded Johnny Dyer, Henry Speight and Tevita Kurid­rani.

Lock Lekima Tagitagivalu, cen­tre Jale Vatubua and wing Amin­iasi Tuimaba started for Pau as they held Toulon 16-16 in an ex­citing encounter.

Toulon’s try was scored by Na­karawa in the 52nd minute before he was yellow carded in the 72nd minute.

Also, very impressive on the wing for Toulon was Olympian Jiuta Wainiqolo

Doge strikes again

Tighthead prop Mesake Doge kept scoring for Dragons despite going down 33-14 to Glasgow Warriors in the United Rugby Championship.

Matavesi

Hooker Sam Matavesi and sub­stitute Api Ratuniyarawa helped Northampton Saints register a 40-12 win over Semesa Rokoduguni’s Bath in the Gallagher Premier­ship.

Halfback Frank Lomani and Taqele Naiyaravoro did not take the field for Saints.

Star centre Semi Radradra made his return from injury but it was not enough for Bristol Bears as they lost 27-10 to Gloucester.

London Irish without Albert Tu­isue walloped Newcastle Falcons 43-21.

Eroni Mawi came in as a sub for Saracens as they lost 18-15 to Ex­eter Chiefs.

Results

Top 14: Bordeaux 17-7 Toulouse, Pau 16-16 Toulon, Clermont 39-14 Biarritz, Montpellier 30-6 Perpig­nan, Castres 25-3 Racing 92, Lyon 41-0 Brive.

URC: Warriors 33-14 Dragons, Li­ons 37-19 Stormers, Ospreys 19-13 Ulster

Gallagher Premiership: Exeter 18-15 Saracens, Saints 40-12 Bath, London Irish 43-21 Newcastle, Gloucester 27-10 Bristol.



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