Clinical Fiji thrash Tonga

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo punches through a gap against Tonga at Churchill Park. Photo: Planet Rugby

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo punches through a gap against Tonga at Churchill Park. Photo: Planet Rugby

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)

  • Planet Rugby

 

2 Comments

Filed under Fiji Rugby Union, Flying Fijians, Pacific Islanders, Pacific Nations Cup, Tonga

2 responses to “Clinical Fiji thrash Tonga

  1. Tex Mataka

    Fiji just showed a more disciplined side around the breakdowns and more urgency for possession. The home crowd was definitely impressed, vinaka boys.

    • It was a class Fiji team against a very good Tongan outfit. Couldn’t believe how Fiji powered over the tough Tongans. When watching the Ikale Tahi against Samoa video (last weekend), it looked like Tonga had what it took to conquer the Fijians.

      Can’t wait for Fiji’s encounter against Samoa. Manu Samoa look like they have lost some of their composure against Tonga; looked more organised against Italy.

      May the best team win!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s