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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fiji score six tries in Pacific Nations Cup rout against Tonga

Fiji got their 2014 Pacific Nations Cup defence under way with a convincing 45-17 win over Tonga at Churchill Park in Lautoka earlier today. The defending champions scored six tries and played some excellent rugby, with the backs in particular running riot.

Glasgow Warriors star Nikola Matawalu steered the ship and put the backs in space, allowing the likes of Nemani Nadolo, Watisoni Votu and veteran Sireli Bobo to do what they do best.

Winger Bobo, now 38 years of age believe it or not, scored twice including what was one of the tries of the match. Centre Nadolo, who was given the kicking duties, scored a try of his own and kicked 15 points, while Votu also picked up a brace. Captain Akapusi Qera crossed late in the game too.

With a 24-3 lead at the break Fiji always looked in control of things, and Tonga were only able to cross the whitewash with twenty minutes to go, following a yellow card for wing Votu.

"The Fijians are always dangerous from broken play and you can see today they punished us," said Tongan captain Nili Latu. "We just had no answer. We were here to win and to fight to the end and played well in the second half.

"Last week the Samoans were not as quick and there’s no system on defence that can stop them from broken play. That’s the danger from the Fiji team."

Fiji are joint first round winners after Japan's 34-25 win over Canada last weekend. Samoa, who drew 18-18 with Tonga, beat Italy 15-0 today after five Tusi Pisi penalties proved the difference in the Italian's tour match in Apia. The United States are hosting Japan later today.

Posted at 2:00 pm | 5 comments

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jamiepugh June 14, 2014 3:50 pm

Niko Matawalu is the most entertaining player in the world. Unreal.

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kanpai June 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Agreed. He really showed some pace and skills during this game. And so did the rest of Fiji's team.
But i wonder, I've seen him play as a winger in H-cup, what is his usual position ?

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finedisregard June 14, 2014 5:48 pm

Very entertaining rugby! Great stuff.

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Jon June 16, 2014 1:00 am

Some great tries in there. Love the attitude Fiji has to rugby, the way they run the ball and take risks.
They look to be improving there structure too with the new coach they've got, which should help them be more competitive.

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stroudos June 16, 2014 5:11 am

Sireli Bobo, very interesting. Bit of genius, bit of magic. Very nice, ja. Three cheers for Sireli Bobo.

It is ridiculous that he's so athletic at this age, almost rude - sprinting the entire length of the pitch and not having the good grace to collapse in a heap.

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