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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Fiji outpace Samoa in their Pacific Nations Cup clash

Fiji outpace Samoa in their Pacific Nations Cup clash

Debutant Timoci Nagusa scored two tries for Fiji as they outclassed Samoa 34-17 in front of 8,600 fans at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji.

His first try extended Fijis lead in the first half after scrum half Mosese Rauluni had set them on their way with the opening score after 15 minutes.

By the time of his second, after 61 minutes, Fiji were already 26-0 ahead and on course for a comfortable win.

Fijis other try scorers were Taniela Rawaqa and Ifereimi Rawaqa, who both touched down early in the second half of a match played under blue skies, following a week of heavy rain.

Samoa claimed three consolation tries late on through Henry Faafili, David Lemi and Semo Sititi, but by then the crowd, including former South Africa coach Jake White, were already celebrating a well-deserved Fiji win.

"The way Fiji played in terms of scoring 34 points proves a point again that they are not ranked ninth in the world for nothing," White said.

"Again it is ominous for other teams because it means this team can get better. You don't beat Samoa by 34-17. Not too many countries can say they can beat Samoa by that margin. So I think you have to give all credit to Fiji as they were outstanding."



Time: 07:50

Posted at 2:52 pm | 13 comments

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2ndrowbeast June 08, 2008 5:04 pm

Did Qera play? (glos flanker) if so how well?

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rugbyfanatic June 08, 2008 5:43 pm

no idea why, but the coach put him on the bench:(maybe saving him for next week against nz maori?

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Sander June 08, 2008 6:27 pm

Fiji looked absolutely awesome!Great advertisement for rugby, and hopefully there's much more to come from those nations!

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 1:27 am

@2ndrowbeastyes Qera came on as a sub in the 60th minute,both Qera and Naqelevuki arrived in Fiji 3 days before the game...coach left him on the bench because he was carrying an injury during the team run..he played well when he came on, on 1 occasion during the game he bounced of 3 Samoan players, 2 of whom were backrowers, you would've thought the Samoan N8 was a ballerina, he came in high and Q threw him to the floor with such ease that both the Samoan N8 legs left the ground. Unfortuantely the lastest reports is his injury is much worse, something to do with a knee ligament, Gloucester management will not be happy..latest reports indicates injury looks serious...it is highly likely he will be ruled out of the Maori game and the rest of the tournament.problem is Qera has not rested since 2006 club rugby season1) 2006 (August) to 2007 April -Pertempt Bees English Division 12) 2007 (May-July) played for Fiji in the PNC3) 2007 (July-August) Fiji RWC preparation and warm-up games4) 2007 (August-October) RWC5) 3 days after Fiji's QF match against the Boks he joined Gloucester.6) 2007 (October) 2008 (May)- played for Glaws7) June 7th 2008 played in the PNC I think the Fiji management shouldn't have included him in the Fiji PNC squad...the kid is burnt out.

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 5:47 am

damn that sucks that qera is injured. Lucky Fiji have two other good no. 7's. But Qera is a vital part of the team and often sparks play. Hopefully Naqelevuki's injury wasn't too serious.

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Chazza June 09, 2008 1:20 pm

Go Fiji, Did Pesamino play for Samoa??

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 1:20 pm

Naqelevuki and Dewes have been cleared...Qera is definitely out, knee injury looks serious...Rabo has been brought in as a replacement, this kid really impressed me in the 7s circuit..I just realised that more then half of the Fiji team are between 20-22 yrs of age.

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Anonymous June 09, 2008 1:26 pm

@ChazzaPesamino did not play, the Samoan wingers were Lemi and rugby league convert Fa'afili...they both played well, imo it was the Manu half backs, inside backs and backrow that were totally out muscled and outplayed, even Setiti admitted it in a post match interview...Setiti should've started, it was when he came on that the Manu began to settle.

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Chazza June 09, 2008 6:05 pm

Shame about Pesamino he would have probably been a big influence on the speed aspect of the game check out the try he scores against NZ in the wellington Sevens

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Kriim Dollar RiimZ June 12, 2008 12:20 pm

all the fijians had to do, was to run i straight to brian lima....and you'll know who gets knocked out.Brian lima done his special tackle on a fijian before

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Anonymous June 12, 2008 6:36 pm

Krimm dollar u still harpin on about Brian Lima????Hes old news dude,look at what happened to him against SA.Yeah he was a great show stopper but dayummn The Flying Fijians was too big a show for him..........Sweet revenge for London Sevens I guess

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Anonymous June 19, 2008 12:27 pm

@KrimmWith much respect to Brian Lima, but he is yesterday's news. Even when Brian was around the Fijians didn't have any problem beating the Manu, he was part of that Manu side that got thrashed by Fiji 60-0 and a few years later 29-0. At last years PNC, Samoa had most of it's star players against a very young Fiji side with 11 new caps in their starting XV, Brian captained that side, lets just say the Manu were pretty lucky to escape defeat on home soil (final score 8-3)..this year, the roles were reversed but, the Manu failed to show the heart those young Fijians showed in Apia.I'm just happy we were able to beat that Fiji side on their home ground.lol"Ko Tonga pe mate ki he moto"

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Tuilagi-Inspired June 25, 2009 5:48 am

A game to forget.
Also Niko Palamo's first game as coach, a terrible performance too.
Samoa only had 4 starting players with experience.
Palamo dumped Sititi
(the best flanker in the 22)
and
Eddie Sapolu
(the best first-five in the 22)
that day.
Lord knows why.
Later in 2008, Palamo was fired,
Good Job.

This weekend it will be the exact opposite. It will be Fiji, the team missing key experience.
Go the Manu!

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