FIJI VS SAMOA
FIJI vs SAMOA
Flying Fijians thump Manu Samoa

Knights’ speedster Timoci Nagusa scored twice on his debut to see the Flying Fijians defeat the Manu Samoa with a bonus point 34-17 victory in their IRB Pacific Nations Cup opener at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

Nagusa’s first in the 26th minute came after a brilliant team effort. Following some impressive line-breaks by the forwards and outstanding support play from fellow winger and the experienced Vilimoni Delasau, Nagusa barged through two Samoan tackles and dummy his way over the Samoans try line. And 35 minutes later, the Knights winger stepped on the accelerator to stamp his second.

But it was the uncanny skipper and Saracens based scrumhalf Mosese Rauluni who got the ball rolling. The nippy Rauluni collected the ball from a ruck two metres away, sold the Samoan defenders a dummy before diving in to put Fiji on the scoreboard and in the lead. Fiji led 12-0 in the break.

The Rawaqa cousins, Taniela and Ifereimi scored a try each in the second half to add to the Flying Fijians’ tally whilst the Samoans came back in the last 15 minutes of play to notch their three tries.


Quotes:
Ilivasi Tabua
(Flying Fijians head coach)
“There is still room for improvement as this is their first game together. I'm happy about their performance they have stood up for the challenge and started our Pacific Nations Cup campaign on a high note.”
 
“The new players have really stamped their mark; Nagusa has proven himself in 7s and also in the Colonial Cup this season. I gave him a chance in the first line up and he has really proven himself. I fielded all the young players during the match to give them the maximum exposure and also to build their confidence.”
 
“Sireli Naqelevuki and Kameli Ratuvou both played well at centre. The change in position didn't affect the teams' performance as they are naturally talented but they just need the right guidance.
 
At half time I've advised the boys to keep the rhythm of their performance and most importantly keep a strong line of defense. The Samoan weren't playing the ball out wide and that was our advantage.”
 
Filipo Levi (Samoa captain)
“It's another big step for our team; most of us have come from the Pacific Rugby Cup games straight to the PNC. We have six new caps but our combination didn't work well. I believe we lost to a better team and this has been a learning curve for us.”
 
“There is still concern in the line outs and the inclusion of the experienced players in the second half became a giant step forward for the young blood. I believe that the next game we would be more acclimatized to tense competition and we'll be able to handle the pressure in the field.”



Match Statistics

34 17
Fiji Samoa
Tournament: Pacific Nations Cup
Date: Saturday 07 Jun 2008
Venue: Churchill Park, Lautoka Crowd: 10000
Half-time: 12-0
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Garrett Williamson (New Zealand), Napolionini Locoloco (Fiji)
Fiji Game Number: 613
Fiji Test Match Number: 263

            FIJI   SAMOA            
Card PTS D P C T PLAYER V PLAYER T C P D PTS Card
14 - 1 3 1 Rawaqa, Taniela 15 Esera Lauina - - - - 0
10 - - - 2 Nagusa, Timoci 14 Henry Faafili 1 - - - 5
0 - - - - Naqelevuki, Sireli 13 Paletuatoa Toelupe - - - - 0
0 - - - - Ratuvou, Kameli 12 Samasoni Moala - - - - 0
0 - - - - Delasau, Vilimoni 11 David Lemi 1 - - - 5
0 - - - - Luveniyali, Waisea 10 Roger Warren - - - - 0
5 - - - 1 Rauluni, Mosese 9 Notise Tauafao - - - - 0
0 - - - - Talei, Netani 8 George Stowers - - - - 0
0 - - - - Ratuva, Aca 7 Raymond Stowers - - - - 0
0 - - - - Naevo, Semisi 6 Jonathan Faamatuainu - - - - 0
0 - - - - Leawere, Kele 5 Chad Slade - - - - 0
5 - - - 1 Rawaqa, Ifereimi 4 Filipo Lavea Levi (capt) - - - - 0
0 - - - - Railomo, Jone 3 Census Johnston - - - - 0
0 - - - - Koto, Sunia 2 Mahonri Schwalger - - - - 0
0 - - - - Dewes, Graham 1 Evile Telea - - - - 0
0 - - - - Sauturaga, Vereniki  
(Koto Sunia)
16 Muliufi Salanoa - - - - 0
0 - - - - Seuseu, Viliame  
(Dewes Graham)
17 Heroshi Tea - - - - 0
0 - - - - Lewaravu, Wame  
(Rawaqa Ifereimi)
18 Semo Sititi 1 - - - 5
0 - - - - Qera, Akapusi  
(Talei Netani)
19 Bell Sasalu - - - - 0
0 - - - - Vata, Aporosa  
(Rauluni Mosese)
20 Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu - - - - 0
0 - - - - Ralulu, Jonetani  
(Luveniyali Waisea)
21 Gasolo Salima - - - - 0
0 - - - - Vakacegu, Marika  
(Naqelevuki Sireli)
22 Neli Sasalu - 1 - - 2
Coach: Ilivasi Tabua
 
Coach: Niko Palamo

Key:
Captain Captain
Yellow Card Yellow Card
Red Card Red Card
Sub In Sub in
Sub Out Sub out
Bloodbin Bloodbin Bloodbin

Scoring Sequence

10 min - PEN GOAL MISSED for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 0-0
15 min - TRY for Fiji by Rauluni, Mosese 5-0
16 min - CONVERSION MISSED for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 5-0
19 min - PEN GOAL MISSED for Samoa by Roger Warren 5-0
26 min - TRY for Fiji by Nagusa, Timoci 10-0
27 min - CONVERSION for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 12-0
Half-Time
42 min - TRY for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 17-0
43 min - CONVERSION for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 19-0
46 min - TRY for Fiji by Rawaqa, Ifereimi 24-0
47 min - CONVERSION for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 26-0
61 min - TRY for Fiji by Nagusa, Timoci 31-0
62 min - CONVERSION MISSED for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 31-0
65 min - TRY for Samoa by Henry Faafili 31-5
68 min - TRY for Samoa by David Lemi 31-10
71 min - PEN GOAL for Fiji by Rawaqa, Taniela 34-10
78 min - TRY for Samoa by Semo Sititi 34-15
79 min - CONVERSION for Samoa by Neli Sasalu 34-17
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