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The Air Pacific Fiji Barbarians were no match for the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup defending champions Upolu Samoa, going down 22-5 in their round two match played on a dry pitch at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday night.
It was the hosts that scored first, via flyer Vima Tuidraki 9 minutes into the game to put Fiji in the lead 5-0 to the delight of a healthy 3,000 crowd that witnessed the match. Seven minutes later his opposite number, Pulemalie Sopo crossed over to level the scores before fullback Lolo Lui added the extra two points to claim the lead.
The Barbars were given two chances to reclaim the lead when Tongan referee Feao Nonu granted them two penalty goals, the first on the 20th minute and the second on the 34th minute to Ravai Fatiaki and Amani Bosenawai respectively, but unfortunately their efforts were not enough. The visitors went into the break leading 7-5.
The second half was a one-sided affair as Upolu Samoa took control of the game and notched two more tries via outside centre Gasolo Salima, with Lui adding a conversion and a penalty to wrap up the game.
Eddie Waqa (Air Pacific Fiji Barbarians coach):
“I am disappointed. We were hoping to secure a win tonight after last weekend’s loss. We came in with a game plan but unfortunately it did not work well for us. A lot of the things we hoped to do we ended up not carrying them out on the field.”
“I guess it’s back to the drawing board for us and we will try and improve on our game and hopefully notch a win.”
Fepuleai Selefuti Patu (Upolu Samoa coach):
“It’s a great game. I am happy with the way the boys played tonight. I thought they really did well especiall my centre Gasolo whom I thought played his best rugby. And to the rest of the boys for keeping our record sheet clean so far with two wins from two games.”
“We look forward to another win against the Air Pacific Fiji Warriors next week at home. A win should help us secure a place in the grand-final.”
Friday 25 April 2008
Air Pacific Fiji Barbarians 5 Upolu Samoa 22
IRB Pacific Rugby Cup Round 2
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Referee: Feao Nonu (Tonga)
AIR PACIFIC FIJI BARBARIANS: 15 Isimeli Koniferedi, 14 Aloisio Buto (Tikiko Uluiviti 59), 13 Masi Naoma (Ropate Ratu 50), 12 Ravai Fatiaki, 11 Vima Tuidraki, 10 Amani Bosenawai, 9 Nemia Kenatale (Kelemedi Bola 62), 8 Samuela Bola (capt) (Joeli Lutumailagi 52), 7 Mitieli Cama, 6 Josefa Nagatalevu, 5 Mosese Fatiaki (Filipe Kuruvoli 77), 4 Kolinio Vasuilagi, 3 Setefano Somoca (Aritema Warua 59), 2 Sakeo Latianara (Eseroma Cakacaka 70), 1 Isikeli Gavidi
Coach: Eddie Waqa
UPOLU SAMOA: 15 Lolo Lui, 14 Timoteo Iosua, 13 Gasolo Salima, 12 Samasoni Moala (Joyner Key 72), 11 Pulemalie Sopo, 10 Roger Warren (Mathew Iakopo 76), 9 Notise Tauafao (Dominic Gabriel 70), 8 Filipo Levi, 7 Alapasa Cortdz, 6 Simaika Mikaele (yellow card 29-38), 5 Tui Fitiao (Ken Ulia 70), 4 Ola Pipili (Sirovai Sila 70), 3 Taligatuli Moala, 2 Andrew Williams (Mulifusi Ulima 62), 1 Muliufi Salanoa (capt) (Evile Telea 76)
Coach: Fepuleai Selefuti Patu
Tries: Salima (2), Sopo; Conversions: Lui (2), Penalty goal: Lui
(Air Pacific Fiji Barbarians’ scores shown first
9min – TRY FIJI BARBARIANS, Tuidraki; conversion Bosenawai (missed) – 5-0
16min – TRY UPOLU SAMOA, Sopo, conversion Lui – 5-7
20min – PEN GOAL FIJI BARBARIANS, R.Fatiaki (missed) – 5-7
34min – PEN GOAL FIJI BARBARIANS, Bosenawai (missed) – 5-7
54min – TRY UPOLU SAMOA, Salima, conversion Lui – 5-14
65min – TRY UPOLY SAMOA, Salim, conversion Lui (missed) – 5-19
70min – PEN GOAL UPOLU SAMOA, Lui – 5-22
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