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Warriors too strong for Under-20s

In the opening half, Fiji Warriors winger Tira Welagi, beat three opponents to score the first try and in the 30th minute of the first spell, Warriors lock forward Tikoibai Talatala scored their second try which was converted by fly half Peni Kedralevu.
18 Dec 2021 15:20
Warriors too strong for Under-20s
Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors on the attack against the Vodafone Under-20 side last week. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors rugby team defeated the Vodafone Fijian Under- 20, 24-10 on Tuesday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The match started off on a low note, allowing the players to adjust to the atmosphere and understand the importance of the competition of the two match series.

The Warriors had a mixture of players who are new to the High Performance Unit programme and those who have been in the system for sometimes.

 

In the opening half, Fiji Warriors winger Tira Welagi, beat three opponents to score the first try and in the 30th minute of the first spell, Warriors lock forward Tikoibai Talatala scored their second try which was converted by fly half Peni Kedralevu.

However, the Fijian U- 20 full back Kevueli Sauvakacolo booted a penalty inside his 10 metre line putting their first points before the break.

The Vodafone Fiji U- 20 had many opportunities but failed to execute their finishing moves and the Warriors took advantage of those mistakes allowing them to mount pressure and counter attack.

 

The continuous pressure helped them secure two more tries.

The Warriors led 12-3 in the halftime break. In the second half the Warriors scored two more tries from Marika Vularewa in the 50th minute of play and open side winger Jone Dukumoi scored their last try to increase their lead to 24-3.

In the 80th minute of play, the Fiji U-20 had one last chance inside their 22-metre territory and they played as a team with more than 10 phases to score their only try of the match by flyhalf Sikeli Rabitu.

 

After the first round of the two day competition, between the Warriors and the Fiji U-20, Fiji Elite Player Pathway Manager Viliame Gadolo was impressed with some of the performances but at the same time concerned of the injuries and recovery period for the players.

“We are happy with how the game went and the intensity of the game,” said Gadolo.

“Recovery is very important.”

“The players need to adjust to one day turn around and come prepared for another tough outing.”

 

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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