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Pacific Rivals Set For PNC Clash

The Vodafone Flying Fijians need a miracle if they are retain the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.
11 Jul 2022 17:00
Pacific Rivals Set For PNC Clash
by Vodafone Flying Fijians winger Vinaya Habosi during the Pacific Nations Cup clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on July 9, 2022. The Flying Fijians faces the unbeaten Manu Samoa while Australia A takes on Tonga this Saturday. Photo Leon Lord.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians need a miracle if they are retain the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.

The Levani Botia- captained side made it difficult for themselves after their 32-18 loss to Australia A.

This Saturday, they must score a bonus point win over the unbeaten Manu Samoa side and keep their fingers crossed that Tonga upset Australia A.

The Samoans under head coach Seilala Mapusua and as­sisted by former All Blacks captain, Tana Umaga, want to stay unbeaten in the competition.

Mapusua said they have not played the Flying Fijians for a long time and are looking forward to the clash.

“I expect it to go up a few levels,” he said.

The Flying Fijians need to put the loss behind them and focus on ending the tournament on a winning note.

This is crucial towards their build-up to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

How they are rated (/10)

  1. Haereiti Hetet- Strong in the scrums, tackled well and always carries the ball strongly: 6
  2. Sam Matavesi- Need to work on his lineout throws. A good communicator and good in general play: 5
  3. Manasa Saulo- Held his own in the scrums and made a few strong carries: 5
  4. Isoa Nasilasila- Made strong carries at times but still need to lift his game: 4
  5. Api Ratuniyarawa- Never gave up and gave his all. A hard worker and got rewarded with a try: 7
  6. Mesulame Kunavula- Started strongly but was replaced in the 30th minute: 4
  7. Rusiate Nasove- Always in the thick of things, needs more game time at international level and should be our go-to man: 5.5
  8. Albert Tuisue- Toiled hard, made several strong carries and won a couple of lineouts. He even made a lineout steal: 6
  9. Frank Lomani- Far from his best form: 4
  10. Teti Tela- Had an off day with his boots. At times he failed to click with his centres as they were playing togeth­er for the first time: 5
  11. Vinaya Habosi- Always giving his all. Never gave up and came close to scoring a few times in the match. Superb under the high balls, tackled well but needs to work on his kicking game: 6.5
  12. Levani Botia- Strong in the breakdown and won turno­ver balls. Playing with Seta Tamanivalu for the first time at centres and it will take time for that partnership to gell: 5.5
  13. Seta Tamanivalu- Strong at No.13 with strong carries. Need to work on his fitness and should be good for the World Cup: 6
  14. Josua Tuisova- Needs to lift his game and become more involved. Also, he has to vary his game since he has become predictable to the opposition: 5
  15. Manasa Matele- Very safe under the high ball, tackled well and made some strong runs from the back. He needs to work on his kicking game and also be given more game time in that position: 5.5


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