Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 3:24 AM on Friday 29 August

/ Front page / Sport

Friends at work

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.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Show of support
  2. Police assault claim
  3. Guardians of the State
  4. Police await pathologist's arrival
  5. United falls apart
  6. White substance raises suspicion in airport bust
  7. Call for changes
  8. New church general secretary outlines plans
  9. CORRECTION
  10. Relief for farmers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Dad's cry for justice Friday (22 Aug)
  2. Numbers list stays Monday (25 Aug)
  3. Death unacceptable, say parties Friday (22 Aug)
  4. Shocking discovery Tuesday (26 Aug)
  5. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  6. Woman of faith Monday (25 Aug)
  7. Unacceptable Tuesday (26 Aug)
  8. Police act Wednesday (27 Aug)
  9. Death of suspect sparks inquiry Friday (22 Aug)
  10. Man wants death probe Monday (25 Aug)