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French Rugby's Fijian Star Chasers Underline 31 March, 2011
Gloucester's Akapusi Qera with the LV= Cup.
A player's contribution to a game is often assessed by the media in terms of scoring his performance out of 10 known as a star rating. This rating normally covers the top end of the 1-10 scale, and is reserved for the above-average as follows: 

3* - Outstanding (9-10).
2* - Excellent (8) .
1* - Worth mentioning (7). 

The star system is simple and works well. 

For the Fijians of the French 'Top 14' last weekend some had to sit it out on the bench with the return of internationals from the '6 Nations' which meant few opportunities for Fijian players to improve their 'star status' in the French top division.

Midi Olympique (the weekly rugby 'bible' in France,) after 22 of 26 matches completed in the first division, summarised their stars to date. It shows Seru Rabeni on 21 accumulated so far this season, leading the way amongst his fellow countrymen, and equal with the likes of French players, Jauzion and Trinh-Duc. 35 stars sets the pace. 

A less desirable league table however shows Rabeni leading the way with respect to red (1) and yellow (3) cards received. For try scorers, Nagusa is well placed with 7. It should be noted that these figures do not take into consideration the total number of games played. 

As far as last weekend was concerned Norman Ligairi and Seremaia Bai were the only ones to notch up another star. 

However in the French second division - Pro 2 - they continued to 'star' and the performances of Fijian players were far more impressive, perhaps the reason for the impending move of many players next season to the 'Top 14'.
 
Two 3 star ratings were earned by Sevaro Rokobaro and Waisale Suka, out of a total of 13, another five 2 star rating going to Ropate Ratu, Dan Baleinadogo, Fatafehi, Vinaya Waka and Jone Daunivucu (who added 2 more tries to his already striking total of 8); that's 10% of those awarded. 

Altogether there were 15 Fijians, out of a total of 25 able to play (injury etc) from Pro 2 , selected to start, with another 3 getting a star rating , the most interesting to note being Mosese Ratuvou, who managed only 15 minutes, before a thigh injury forced him off, but time enough to score a try. He will, however, be out of the top of the table clash against Albi, next Sunday, which will go a long way to deciding the one automatic promotion place. 

To end this week's summary that saw Josh Matevesi, probably the only English born Fijian international, move to Racing Metro, three trivia questions on European based Fijians to mull over until next week. 

1. Can you name the Fijian player from Naitasiri who has been capped three times for Italy?
2. Name the Fijian with one Eagles (U.S.A.) cap?
3. Two minutes - the total time on the pitch for his one appearance in white? 

Answers next week. 

As always Marc@ Rugbymarc 

Moce
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Digicel Cup Rd 4 Results 28 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round Four Tables 28 March, 2011 
Warriors claim PRC title as Tonga beats Samoa 26 March, 2011 
PM presents jerseys to team in HK 25 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 4 Team Lists 25 March, 2011 
PRC team lists - Samoa A v Tonga A 24 March, 2011 
Tonga's Palu suspended for two weeks 23 March, 2011 
A weekend off and Nalaga departs 23 March, 2011 
Warriors defeat Samoa A 22 March, 2011 
PRC team lists - Fiji Warriors v Samoa A 21 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round Three Results 20 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round 3 Tables 20 March, 2011 
Warriors keep PRC title chances alive 19 March, 2011 
Bolakoro in top form and Nadolo and the beer truck 17 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 3 Team Lists 17 March, 2011 
Experienced squad heads for Hong Kong 16 March, 2011 
Decision on Christchurch's Hosting of Rugby World Cup 2011 Matches 16 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 3 Team Lists - Nadroga v Macuata 16 March, 2011 
Samoa A lead Warriors on PRC table 15 March, 2011 
Nadi pushes Naitasiri close 13 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round 2 Tables 13 March, 2011 
Media Advisory - Digicel Fiji 7s camp 12 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round Two Results 12 March, 2011 
Waqaniburotu drafted into Warriors line-up 11 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 2 Team Lists - Nadi, Naitasiri and Navosa 11 March, 2011 
Warriors lose to Chiefs 10 March, 2011 
Tagicakibau - shoulder operation puts World Cup in doubt 10 March, 2011 
Fiji's European team 10 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Rd 2 Team Lists 10 March, 2011 
Tailevu 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Naitasiri 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Nadroga 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Nadi 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Ovalau 2011 Squad List 10 March, 2011 
Rewa 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Northland Squad 2011 Lists 10 March, 2011 
Navosa 2011 Squad List 10 March, 2011 
Tavua 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Suva 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Player indiscipline to be addressed 09 March, 2011 
Macuata 2011 Squad List 09 March, 2011 
Lautoka 2011 Squad Lists 09 March, 2011 
IRB Statement Regarding the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union 08 March, 2011 
Players suspended 08 March, 2011 
Remington signs with Fiji Rugby 08 March, 2011 
Tonawai and Natua to join 7s camp 08 March, 2011 
Cakau and Kolinisau prepare for Hong Kong 07 March, 2011 
Camp for Fiji U20s 07 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Rd 1 round-up 07 March, 2011 
Brothers start for Warriors 07 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Rd 1 Tables 07 March, 2011 
Round One Table - U20s 07 March, 2011 
New Zealand sides too good in PRC 05 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round One Results 05 March, 2011 
Naitasiri beats Nadroga in Digicel Cup opener 04 March, 2011 
Domoni named in Warriors starting XV 03 March, 2011 
Naitasiri stands down Tonawai 03 March, 2011 
Top teams clash in Digicel Cup opener 02 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup launch 02 March, 2011 
Warriors surrender unbeaten record 01 March, 2011 
Rugby family unites to support Christchurch 01 March, 2011 
La Vie Francaise - Fijian Style 01 March, 2011 
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