Flying Fijians ended its 2019 Rugby World Cup journey with
a powerful display despite going down 29-17 to Wales in their final pool match
at Oita Stadium.
The national 15’s side started the game on a high note with
a 10 nil lead.
Josua Tuisova busted his way through for the first try
after which full-back Kini Murimurivalu powered his way to the try line.
Flying Fijians were cut to 14 men two times in the first
spell, with Tevita Cavubati and Semi Kunatani receiving yellow card each on two
Wales managed to capitalize in the game with two converted
tries and led 14-10 at the breather.
Fiji applied pressure in the second spell with Semi
Radradra being dangerous on every occasion.
In the 53rd minute the Fijian forward did an
awesome job with a fierce maul to the try line. The referee awarded a penalty try.
Wales managed to slot in a
successful penalty to lock the score 17-all in the 58th minute.
The Dragon then bounced back
in style scoring two more tries and sealing the match with a bonus point.
Flying Fijians Coach John
McKee thanked the players for putting up a great showcase against Wales.
“I’m just so proud of the
effort our boys put in this evening.
“They were playing the Six
Nations champions who have been number one in the world this year.
“We really took the game to
them but we didn’t get the win which we wanted” McKee said.
Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu
said there were a lot of hard-work put behind the team coming to RWC.
“It’s never easy to come to
RWC for such as small nation.
“Leaving our families behind
and coming to this big campaign.
“Even though the result didn’t
go our way I just wanted to thank the players for the gallant effort tonight”
Semi Radradra received his
second consecutive player of the match award after running 140 meters, 19
carries and beating 7 defenders in one match.
“We knew that it was our last
“We had to empty the tank and
energy and give everything tonight” he said.