The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading
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The Flying Fijians preparing for the Rugby World Cup has the potential to break into the next level for the first time, earning a semi-final berth in England.
The road there is maybe the most difficult in terms of the opponents lined up against them but the coaching staff and players which assembled last month and the gelling of the team during the Pacific Nations Cup is phenomenal.
Coach John McKee has no qualms about the taking up the challenge being the most adeptly prepared for the mission but at the same time perplexed at the enormity of the task.
Fiji were crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions after they outclassed Samoa 39-29 in an entertaining final at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
Leone Nakawara and Nikola Matawalu were the stars of the show for Fiji, with the second-row running in two of his side’s five tries in the contest.
Matawalu added one of his own while Kini Murimurivalu and Akapusi Qera were also scorers as they sent a warning shot to their World Cup pool opponents.
Outspoken former Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has posted a video on the internet in which he claims the All Blacks would have toured Nazi Germany if the money had been right.
Fuimaono-Sapolu, who played 23 tests and two World Cups for his country, included the inflammatory comment in a five-minute YouTube diatribe on why the world champions should tour the neighbouring south Pacific islands.
“There was a time when the United Nations asked all the nations in the world not to have sporting relationships with apartheid South Africa,” he said.
With the title already theirs, Fiji Warriors brought this year’s IRB Pacific Rugby Cup to a close with a 25-16 win over Tonga A.
A scrappy yet fiercely contested match enthralled the vocal 5000-plus crowd, including the King of Tonga, His Majesty King Tupou VI, at Nuku’alofa’s Teufaiva Stadium, with Fiji Warriors laying the foundations for victory in the first half.
The game, played in perfect conditions, was characterised more by brutal defence than attacking flair, and Tonga A struggled to break the well-organised Warriors’ line.
Thomas Waldrom’s last-gasp try gave New Zealand Maori the Pacific Nations Cup with a 21-18 win over Australia A in Sydney on Sunday.
Even then Mark Gerrard had the chance to tie the scores with the last kick of the game – and give Australia A the title – but his penalty shot from 45m dropped just short.
The home side started well, and had got to a 7-0 lead with an early try from rising star Timana Tahu, but quickfire tries from Jacob Ellison and Tanerau Latimer had the Maori 14-7 in front at the break.
Samoa stole a nine-try thriller by five tries to four in a pulsating 37-31 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.
With nothing to lose, both teams threw themselves into the match aiming to score as many tries as possible, and ended up matching wach other almost try for try. It was 17-17 at the break, but the home side just had a little too much in reserve.
The Samoans shot into the lead through tries by Semo Sititi and Loleni Tafunai in the first ten minutes, both converted by Gavin Williams.