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“Why play Botia at flanker?”

Lepani Botia attacks for the Flying Fijians against Wales in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Photo: VAVEL

A question was made by one of the readers of Fiji Rugby Post’s latest post titled “Loose forwards need to negate Pocock” on why incumbent Flying Fijian inside centre Lepani Botia should play as a loose forward.

“Botia has never played flanker for Fiji. Why would they start him there now?” questioned Isaia Lawaniyasana on the Facebook Page Green & Blue Fiji.

“(Peceli) Yato, and (Semi) Kunatani can handle Pocock.”

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Bobo magic mystifies Castres

La Rochelle outside centre Jean Pascal Barraque attacks against Castres. Photo: Skysports

La Rochelle outside centre Jean-Pascal Barraque attacks against Castres. Photo: Skysports

Sireli Bobo piled more misery on Castres as La Rochelle cruised home 41-16 to move out of the bottom two at the expense of their visitors.

The promoted side are yet to pick up a point on the road, but on home soil they had already beaten Toulouse, and this win was even more convincing.

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Ratini scores try for Grenoble win

Jonathan Danty for Bayonne attacks against Stade Francais. Photo: Skysports

Jonathan Danty for Bayonne attacks against Stade Francais. Photo: Skysports

Grenoble 30-12 La Rochelle
Stade des Alpes

Alipate Ratini continued with his scoring tries in the Top 14 league crossing the chalk in the second half to help Grenoble defeat La Rochelle at the Stade des Alpes, running out 30-12 winners.

The right winger used all his pace and power to crash over, and Jonathan Wisniewski’s conversion stretched the lead to 23-9 over a side that had two Flying Fijian backs in Albert Vulivuli at inside centre and Ratini’s counterpart at left wing Sireli Bobo.

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Bobo try helps La Rochelle record first win

Sireli Bobo scores La Rochelle's first try. Photo: Skysports

Sireli Bobo scores La Rochelle’s first try. Photo: Skysports

Ageless Flying Fijian Sireli Bobo finished off a La Rochelle move scoring a try in the first half to help the newly promoted side defeat Tolouse 37-25.

The Bobo try leveled scores after the conversion by Julien Audy.

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Matadigo, Qovu move to new clubs

Masi Matadigo in Racing colours. Photo: madeinrugby

Masi Matadigo (R) in Racing colours. Photo: madeinrugby

Flying Fijians Masi Matadigo and Jone Qovu who both play for Racing Metro are moving to new French clubs who have been promoted recently to the top flight Top 14 competition.

Matadigo has been drafted into the Lyon Olympique Universitaire (LOU) team which clinchéd the tier two Pro D2 competition propelling their place into the Top 14.

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