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MATCH REVIEW: Flying Fijians V All Blacks

Flying Fijians went down fighting against the All Blacks despite losing 60-13 in Hamilton tonight.

As expected the match started with a lot of fire power and the Flying Fijians kicking off perfectly.

Ben Volavola slotted in the first 3 three points for the Flying Fijians.

The All Blacks replied with a try in the 14th minutes, a timing offload to Sevu Reece who ran straight under the post.

Flying Fijians fly-half Volavola managed to close the gap, slotting in another penalty.

Fiji born Sevu Reece scored two more tries, while Ardie Savea got one on his 50th appearance as All Blacks took a 29-6 lead at the breather.

Second half didn’t start well for the Flying Fijians, a ball handling mistake by Nemani Nadolo, allowed the hosts gain territory and they scored their fifth try.

In the 43rd minute, Flying Fijians loosehead prop Peni Ravai busted his way over the line to score our first try. All Blacks then ran in five tries to seal the match.

Flying Fijians captain Leone Nakarawa thanked his players for the great effort against the All Blacks.

“All Blacks are the best team in the world and to play against them with a fighting spirit is a huge ask.”

“We never lose, we always learn and there is a goal we aiming for as we go along the way” said Nakarawa.

All Blacks captain Sam Whitelock thanked the Flying Fijians for their courageous performance.

“I want to thank the Fijian side who gave us a really tough time in both the test matches.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with everyone in Fiji, as the country battles with COVID-19” said Whitelock.

The Flying Fijians next in line test matches are expected to be in November.

© Fiji Rugby 2021