Monday, June 22, 2009
Hosea Gear scored a hatrick of tries as the Junior All Blacks convincingly beat Fiji 45-17 in their Pacific Nations Cup meeting at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Scoring seven tries in total, the Junior All Blacks looked a polished outfit as they showed a lot more precision and cohesion than in their 17-16 win over Samoa in the opening match.
A disjointed Fiji side at times showed their ability, but had a high error rate which disrupted their flow, allowing the Junior ABs to run in tries at every opportunity they got.
Stephen Brett and Gear showed their class and return to form as they were a step above anything Fiji had to offer in defence. Gear looks to be returning to the type of form that earned him a senior All Black position on their end of year tour last year.
The 10 000 home fans went home disappointed by their teams effort, but got to see an expansive game that produced plenty of running rugby, ten tries, and some quality finishing.
The Junior All Blacks took the maximum five points from they match, as they now comfortably top the table, ahead of Samoa and Fiji. They play Japan on Tuesday in their next fixture.