Hughes Shows Class In Bath Win

The Fijian forward received the Performance of the Match award- ran 48 metres from 13 carries, 6 gainline successes, 6 tackles and won 1 turnover.
31 Jan 2022 14:48
 Hughes Shows Class In Bath Win
Bath forward Nathan Hughes (with ball) runs into a Harlequins opponent during their Round 14 match at the Recreation Ground, in Bath on January 29, 2022. Photo: Premiership Rugby

It did not take long for Nathan Hughes to show that he still has what it takes to shine at the Gallagher Premiership.

Hughes, who is willing to play for the Flying Fijians after World Rugby relaxed the eligi­bility laws was last week loaned to Bath by Bristol Bears.

In releasing him Bears coach, Pat Lam said that Hughes need­ed to get quality game time.

But in the weekend, Hughes led the charge from No.8 while winger Semesa Rokoduguni was moved to fullback as they upset champions Harlequins 21-17.

The Fijian forward received the Performance of the Match award- ran 48 metres from 13 carries, 6 gainline successes, 6 tackles and won 1 turnover.

“We knew against the wall there you had got to be patient,” Hughes told Rugby Pass.

“What we talked about was staying patient… and we rode the wave, turned around and managed to get two tries and the win.”

Asked what playing meant to him, Hughes added: “In rugby, we always like to play… I was just buzzing to come out here and perform. For me to perform with the boys and get the win it’s just a credit to them.”

Flying Fijians hooker Sam Matavesi scored a try in North­ampton Saints 29-13 win over Worcester.

Matavesi continues his im­pressive performance along with veteran lock Api Ratuni­yarawa while Frank Lomani did not play.

London Irish without back row Albert Tuisue edged Exeter Chiefs 18-14 while Gloucester beat Newcastle Falcons 32-22 at Kingston Park.

Kunavula’s Edinburgh fall short

Mesulame Kunavula extended his contract with Edinburgh but could not help them as they went down 23-19 to Ospreys in the United Rugby Champion­ship campaign. Kunavula played at No.8 for the injured Viliame Mata and was supported by prop Leeroy Atalifo.

Mesake Doge did not play for Dragons as they drew 13-13 with Benetton as well as Asaeli Tuiv­uaka for Zebre.

Yellow, yellow, yellow

Three of our players got yellow cards during the French Top 14 matches.

Flying Fijians lock Temo Ma­yanavanua was yellow carded in the 46th minute as his club Lyon beat Perpignan 28-23. Playing at centre for Lyon was bustling Josua Tuisova.

Then Castres utility Josua Raisuqe got a yellow card in the 40th minute as they went down to Bordeaux Begles 23-10. The centre combination of Adrea Cocagi and Vilimoni Botitu was not enough to secure the win.

Burly winger Setareki Bi­tuniyata was shown the yellow card while he starred for Brive as they walloped Biarritz 33-10. Racing 92 without Virimi Vakatawa beat Toulouse 20-15.



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