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Avoid Cards At All Cost In Murrayfield

Discipline is an area the Fly­ing Fijians need to focus on before this Sunday’s (Fiji time) Test opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.
31 Oct 2022 16:00
Avoid Cards At All Cost In Murrayfield
Clermont centre Apisai Naqaliva returned from injury and played for Clermont. Photo: Clermont.

Discipline is an area the Fly­ing Fijians need to focus on before this Sunday’s (Fiji time) Test opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.

During the weekend’s French Top 14 competition, Castres centre, Adrea Cocagi, and CA Brive’s Se­tareki Tuicuvu copped yellow cards.

This is something the Fijians can­not afford against Scotland who will be out restore lost pride after losing 16-15 to Australia, yesterday.

An important lesson was from last November’s 38-23 loss to Wales, where an early red card to winger Eroni Sau proved costly in the end.

This must not be repeated at Mur­rayfield

There was also concern after Coc­agi was taken for H.I.A (Head Injury Assessment) in their 26-22 win over Clermont but did not take the field after that.

Playing well for Castres was sec­ond five eight Vilimoni Botitu, winger Filipo Nakosi and openside flanker Josua Raisuqe.

The outcome of Cocagi’s H.I.A will be determined today and the likely replacements are Apisai Naqaliva who played his first match for Cler­mont after returning from injury or Eneriko Buliruarua of Bayonne.

Buliruarua, at No.12 combined well with Sireli Maqala as their club upset Top 14 points table lead­ers Toulouse, 26-22.

Naqaliva and Buliruarua are no strangers to Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter after having their Test debut under him.

Veteran second five eight, Levani Botia captained- La Rochelle but they were beaten 38-21 by Pau.

Bustling Josua Tuisova scored a try for Lyon with lock Temo Maya­navanua in the thick of things. All were in vain as they lost 28-21 to Perpignan.

Tuicuvu and impact flanker Me­sulame Kunavula appeared for CA Brive as they narrowly went down 43-38 to Racing 92 who had young enterprising centre Inia Tabuavou.

In the Gallagher Premiership, Fly­ing Fijians first choice hooker Sam Matavesi started from the bench for Northampton Saints as they wal­loped Bristol Bears 45-31.

Veteran lock Api Ratuinyarawa also came in as a replacement for London Irish as they were edged 26-24 by Harlequins.

Burly backrower Albert Tuisue was in top form for Gloucester in their 38-22 win over Exeter Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the players travelled to Scotland after their club game to join the Flying Fijians squad who are now based in Edinburgh.

Feedback: leone@fijisun.com.fj



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