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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Timoci Nagusa scores twice as Ulster beat Munster

Timoci Nagusa scores twice as Ulster beat Munster

Magners League leaders and Heineken Cup champions Munster were stunned by bottom of the table Ulster on Saturday, as they were defeated convincingly 22-6 at Ravinhill.

We got to see yet another young Fijian Flyer stamp his authority on the game, this time in the form of former police constable Timoci Nagusa.

Nagusa crossed the line twice in the first half as his team got off to a handy lead and maintained it through an Isaac Boss second half try.

Paddy Wallaces inside ball to Nagusa in the twenty fifth minute gave the rapid right wing enough space to accelerate through the gap and go over for a well taken try.

His powerful run shortly after that resulted in another try, this one showing impressive speed as he pulled away from all would-be defenders.

Nagusa has signed with Ulster until 2010 and in only his first year as a senior professional player, is looking to improve and grow as a player with the valuable experience hes picking up. He appeared for Fiji earlier this year, scoring two tries in his first match.

The young man, who hails from the largest island in Fiji, spoke afterwards of how the birth of his nephew gave him confidence ahead of the match.

Before I left home, my sister phoned me and she had just given birth and she said it was a boy and she had named him after me, said Nagusa. I felt so great driving to Ravenhill. And after tonight they will celebrating at home, drinking cava.

Both tries were excellently taken, showing the killer instinct and sheer gas needed to make it at the top. The win for Ulster was superb, and the performance by Nagusa, was impressive to say the least. Heres hoping well see more great things from this exciting prospect throughout the season.


Time: 02:10

Posted at 3:36 pm | 23 comments

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Jonathan October 29, 2008 4:47 pm

Not to be picky, but it's worth pointing out that this was a 2nd-string Munster team, so it wasn't really a "stunning" victory. Ulster are back on track but still have a long way to go...

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 4:58 pm

It was still pretty impressive from ulster to be fair, you are never going to get a weak munster team. Nagusa took his tries well, strigner was caught out on both of them. Shame ulster couldnt hold on to tommy bowe, nagusa is good but not world class

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 4:58 pm

stringer* idiot me

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Ross October 29, 2008 5:20 pm

we can only beat what people put in front of us, we have been threatening to put in a good performance all season, its munsters own fault they rested 8 players for an interprovencial

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 5:20 pm

Stringer could've tried to make a tackle both times and possibly prevented both triesMatt Williams out! hire Alan Solomons again!

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 5:33 pm

Good win for ulster. Was disappointed with munster's performance. Nagusa looks a real find for the Ulstermen.

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nice October 29, 2008 6:17 pm

Sure it was a second string Munster team but it was Nagusa's first year as a senior professional player.Stringer should have put in a better effort seeing as he had a chance of spoiling both tries

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K Lu October 29, 2008 6:41 pm

Nagusa looked impressive and whether or not it was a full Munster team it still puts doubt in their minds and confidence in their competitors (i.e. Ospreys). And when it comes to those two clubs just a small shift in the mental game could be all it takes on any given night.

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 7:55 pm

They would be drinking Kava not Cava!

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 8:45 pm

Stunning victory? Ulster couldn't even get a BP against a Munster team fielding 2 first teamers.

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 9:56 pm

Now that's what you want to do if you have a quality winger, put him into space so he can run.

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Chris M October 29, 2008 10:17 pm

i just really don't understand why fiji, with wingers like delasau, nalaga and nagusa, and centres like rambeni, aren't a more successful rugby team. They are so good to watch.By the way, does anyone know who the fijian centre Seremia Bai plays for? i think thats how you spell his name but apologies for any bad grammar!

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RuckOff October 29, 2008 11:51 pm

Best thing about this video? Seeing that little shit Stringer done twice. Beautiful

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Don October 30, 2008 12:39 am

Of course, i dont want to be the one to whine, but that was just bad defense.Yes that was a good run, but any mediocre wing with that amount of gap/space to run through and fails it should not be a pro.

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Chris ash, Syd - Aus October 30, 2008 6:10 am

Chris M - Fiji do have a quality team - its just the fact that all their star players play in the NH - so they are never all together before most Test matches (apart from WC)Dont you remember how they beat wales in 07 WC - or how close they went to beating Sth Africa!Fiji are a quality team when at full strength - its just that the NH steals all their star players - and who can blame them for going over for the sort of cash thats on offer.

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Anonymous October 30, 2008 2:07 pm

stringer is a liability

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Chuck October 30, 2008 2:55 pm

So the Germans occupy France during World War 2, DeGaulle calls Hitler and says, "dude, totally not fair, we were using our 2nd stringers so you have to go home and give us a do-over and because, like, we could have totally beat you otherwise" Shutup!!! The nay-sayers that like to dish up the "but they were playing a second-rate squad or defense was poor" argument need to quit the excuses. Each team has 80 minutes to put the best out there and if they choose otherwise then so be it. Not saying that Ulster is great by any means, but grant them the point that they were better than Munster at this point in this game.

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tehsniper October 30, 2008 4:47 pm

stringer has to go now

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Anonymous October 30, 2008 7:18 pm

Okay it was a lesser munster side but stringer was still on along with komtikomi(sp?) and we still beat them, i dont think they would have been any better with POC or ROG to be honest.We still won!

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protput October 30, 2008 7:48 pm

stringer makes me sick and now i wanna throw up

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One day Fiji/Samoa/T October 31, 2008 4:20 pm

Is this guy in the Pacific Islanders squad??

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Anonymous November 03, 2008 5:39 am

Anonymous Chris M said... i just really don't understand why fiji, with wingers like delasau, nalaga and nagusa, and centres like rambeni, aren't a more successful rugby team. They are so good to watch. By the way, does anyone know who the fijian centre Seremia Bai plays for? i think thats how you spell his name but apologies for any bad grammar!Its because Fiji hardly ever get to field those players in their team. Just look at how well they did in the world cup, they actually competed with S.A the world champs. Seremaia Bai plays for Clermont with Nalaga

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granite November 04, 2008 9:26 am

More to what anonymous said about Fiji's side, he's absolutely correct about being able to play their full strength squad. This is probably true of all the pacific island nations.Also, while Fiji has the flair, they tend to lack the structured set pieces that can really raise a team to the top flight.Incidently, Fiji vs Wales in the 07 World Cup was a brilliant display of set piece vs Fijian Flair (fiji just came away with it!)

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