Fiji hammer Tonga

June 14, 2014
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Fiji showed no mercy to their Pacific Island rivals as they hammered Tonga 45-17 in their Pacific Nations Cup clash.

Picking up where they left off against Italy last week, Fiji ran in six tries in Luatoka. Four of those went to two players, with Watisoni Votu and Sireli Bobo both scoring twice along with tries from Akapusi Qera and Nemani Nadolo. Nadolo, the Crusaders star, started again at inside centre and was impressive off the kicking tee, scoring six conversions and a penalty.

Fiji flew out into a 17-0 lead after 14 minutes thanks that penalty and tries from Votu and Nadolo to start the contest at a blinding pace. Despite Fangatapu Apikotoa added a penalty to put Tonga on the board, Bobo struck again before half-time, the 38-year-old putting Fiji out of sight. Votu added his second after the interval but the match turned when Viliami Fihaki came off the bench for Tonga to score two tries, both converted by Latiume Fosita. Suddenly the contest wasn’t over at 31-17.

But Fiji had too much quality to not secure the result and scored two very late tries through Qera and Bobo’s second to seal the win.

The scorers:

For Fiji:

Tries: Votu 2, Nadolo, Bobo 2, Qera
Cons: Nadolo 6
Pen: Nadolo

For Tonga:

Tries: Fihaki 2
Cons: Fosita
Pen: Apikotoa

Fiji: 15 Timoci Nagusa, 14 Sireli Bobo, 13 Adriu Delai, 12 Nemani Nadolo, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Jonetani Ralulu, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Akapusi Qera (capt), 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Dom Waqaninburotu, 5 Leone Nakawara, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Campese Ma’afu.

Replacements: 16 Bill Veikoso, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Isei Colati, 19 Api Naikatani, 20 Nemani Nagusa, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Waisea Nayacalevu, 23 Metuisela Talebula.

Tonga: unannounced

Referee: Rohan Hoffman (Australia)

Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Mathieu Raynal (France)

Source: Planet Rugby

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4 Comments

  1. avatar namboer says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Hoessit, Tjops.

    Unrelated to Fiji and Tonga, but seemed like the best place to post this little excerpt from irb.com…

    “A superb second-half display saw Morocco ease to a 61-17 win in their first-ever fixture with Mauritius.

    Flanker Leon Du Plessis was the star of the show for the Atlas Lions after scoring four of their 10 tries, while fly half Willie Kok enjoyed a fine day too, converting his own try as well as eight others for a personal tally of 23 points.

    Morocco led 21-10 at half-time after tries from Du Plessis, Kok, centre Dumisani Matyeshana and captain and number 8 Neus Nel.

    Du Plessis completed his treble after the interval and Matyeshana added a second as Morocco pulled clear. Scrum half Jermain Appous, centre Justin St Terry and lock Henro Huyser also got their names on the scoresheet. “

    Nou kyk, ek kan nou nie sê ek is besonder bekend met Marokkaanse name nie, maar dit smaak my hier is ‘n slang in die gras!
    :jester:

    Kon die volgende opgrawe op Google: Justin St. Jerry het senter gespeel vir UJ in die Varisty Cup, en blykbaar ook 1 wedstryd vir die Lions tn. Crusaders in S14; Matyeshana was senter by die Luiperds; Huyser en Kok het vir Rustenburg Impalas klubrugby gespeel; niks van Du Plessis nie.

    Nou wonder ek net hoe de d0nn3r het hulle in Marokko uitgekom??!! :what:

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    June 17th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Soos ek die release van SARU sien is dit SA se top klub Impala wat deelneem in die uitspeel reeks… nie Marokko nie…

    Impala kick off Africa Cup with big win

    For the latest Cell C Community Cup 2015 Qualifying League fixtures, results and logs, visit http://www.sarugby.co.za or follow SARU’s official Community Cup account @saclubrugby

    PHOTO CAPTION: Rustenburg Impala flanker Leon du Plessis goes over for one of his three tries during the Cell C Community Cup champions’ 61-17 victory over Mauritius in their Africa Cup tournament-opener at the Botswana National Stadium in Gaborone on Sunday.

    CELL C Community Cup champions, Rustenburg Impala, kicked off their Confederation of African Rugby Africa Cup campaign in style with a 61-17 win over Mauritius at the Botswana National Stadium in Gaborone on Sunday.

    Impala, who were invited to represent South Africa at the week-long IRB-sanctioned tournament that also features hosts Botswana, Nigeria, Swaziland and Zambia, encountered spirited opposition from the Indian Ocean islanders in the first half before pulling away after the break.

    Tries to flanker Leon du Plessis, eighthman and skipper Nelis Nel and centre Dumisani Matyeshana – all converted by flyhalf Willie Kok – gave Impala a hard-fought 21-10 half-time lead.

    The North West miners scored another six in an action-packed second stanza, which saw Matyeshana notch a brace and Du Plessis complete his hat-trick to go with tries from lock Henro Huyser, scrumhalf Jermaine Appollis and centre Justin St Jerry. Kok, a standout for Impala at scrumhalf during the Community Cup, converted eight of the nine tries for a personal haul of 16 points.

    Impala will play hosts Botswana, currently 75th in the latest IRB rankings, in Wednesday’s main match, before finishing off the tournament against 81st-ranked Nigeria on Saturday.

  3. avatar namboer says:
    June 17th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Dankie Onkel D, dit maak baie meer sin as die IRB se artikel. Het nou weer gelees, hulle sê niks van SA/Impala maar defnitief Marokko. http://www.irb.com/rankings/sportid=1/news/newsid=2071792.html#regional+round+africa+caribbean+champs

    …Helfte van die boodskap het seker langs die pad verloor via die bostelegraaf daar uit Botswana! :lol:

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Jy weet mos….

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