Six Fijian players help Australian club

SIX Fijians helped the Woy Woy Lions rugby club of Sydney, Australia win their first title in 26 years.

Former Nadroga and Fiji Warrior Apisai Vatubuli teamed up with Jovesa Kunawave, Kelevi Vatubuli, Orisi Ranavue and Eparama Nuku played their part on the field to help Woy Woy register a 36-12 victory in the Central Coast Rugby Premier 1 grand final.

Pastor Jay Volau was on the coaching panel of the team and played his part from the sidelines.

The last time Woy Woy won the title was when Tevita Uate (Akuila Uate’s father) was playing for the club in 1988.

Uate told Times Sport the win was historic for the side and he was glad that it was the influence of the Fijian players that made it possible.

“Our Fijian imports were Jovesa Kunawave, a lad from Nasama; former Nadroga and Fiji Warriors rep Apisai Vatubuli who laid the platform and destroyed the opposition forward pack,” he said.

“His cousin Kelevi Vatubuli, a former student from RKS and Koronivia, who is furthering his career as a veterinary in years to come.

“The pace that Vatubuli showed on the wing was an eye-opener as it hasn’t been seen in this peninsula for quite a while.

“The other two players were Orisi Ranavue from Naselai and future Nadroga rep Eparama Nuku who sealed the victory with their punishing defence and relentless workrate.”

Uate said more Fijians could make a name for themselves in the Australian local competition.

“The Fijian and Tongan influence in this Woy Woy outfit was quite impressive considering the fact that last year we were in the brink of collapsing.

“This victory by the Lions could pave the way for all islander players who want to come overseas to pursue a career in football.”

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