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.
Fiji celebrate after Graham Dewes burrows over to score the match winning try during the Rugby World Cup 2007 Pool B match against Wales. Photo: Getty Images
FIJI ON THE RWC STAGE
Fiji’s finest hour at the Rugby World Cup unquestionably came on 29 September, 2007 in Nantes when, in a ‘winner-takes-all’ clash to decide who would join Pool B rivals Australia in the quarter-finals, they upset all the odds to defeat Wales 38-34.
Just when it seemed like Martyn Williams’ try seven minutes from time would be enough for Wales to thwart Fiji’s attempts to make the last eight for the first time in 20 years, up popped prop Graham Dewes with what proved to be the all-important score. While it was a sad way for Wales captain Gareth Thomas to mark his 100th cap appearance, everyone connected with Fijian rugby was beaming from ear to ear.