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Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, May 06, 2012

BEST buddies, Metuisela Talebula and Joji Ragamate combined well on field to help the Digicel Fiji sevens team thrash a hapless Zimbabwe 40-0 in their opening pool match at the Glasgow 7s tournament in Scotland last night.

Playmaker Talebula and new (run-on) halfback Ragamate have grown up playing rugby together in Lautoka and yesterday they showed how lethal their combination was on field. Zimbabwe made a good start and was impressive with ball on hand but they failed to breach a tough Fiji defence, which stood tall throughout the match to avoid conceding any points.

The Alifereti Dere-coached side took almost four minutes to cross the whitewash and Talebula's eye for gap gave Fiji a 7-0 lead midway the opening spell.

The former Natabua player spotted the gap in Zimbabwe defence and cleverly placed a grubber kick before neatly picking it up and dotting it under the post.

Ragamate followed the cue and scored a brilliant try, beating three Zimbabwe defenders, before Joeli Lutumailagi scored in the corner to give Fiji a 21-0 lead at break.

Hard-hitting Waisea Nayacalevu made a good start to Fiji's second half campaign followed by a brace from Talebula which sealed the 40-0 win.

Newcomer, Niko Verekauta also got a chance to break the sweat but was unable to score his debut try in his first-ever International Rugby Board 7s Series match.

Fiji was to have its remaining matches against Portugal and Argentina early this morning.

Other Results - Wales 17 Scotland 14, Argentina 17 Portugal 5, New Zealand 31 Spain 5, Samoa 22 France 14.





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