FORMER Fiji sevens winning team member Semi Radradra has finally made the big league as Fijian wingers continued in the weekend what they do best in rugby and that is to score tries.
While Rupeni Caucau continues his try-scoring form for Northland in the New Zealand ITM Cup, Waisea Nayacalevu scored a try to help his Stade Francais side beat Biarritz 38-3 in the Top 14 competition in France as well as rugby league wingers Akuila Uate and Radradra.
Caucau's two tries helped Northland draw 33-33 with North Harbour and continues the form that once made him not only in New Zealand but the world's best winger for many years.
The Kiwis still hold him in high regard because of his devastating try-scoring runs and evasive talent when he played for the Auckland Blues and if he continues his try-scoring form he could return to Super Rugby one more time.
In rugby league, Uate raced the length of the field — 95 metres — to score but the ball slipped out of his fingers during touchdown and after a television replay it was found that he had failed to make contact with the rugby ball and the ground in one move.
Instead the ball fell first and he touched down fraction of a second later.
Well, if it was any other referee who appreciated the beautiful run, which Uate had worked hard to achieve, by stealing the ball away from the Rabbitohs and wriggling away free from the clutches of a tackler he would have given the try.
Sometimes beautiful rugby is played with a sweeping backline movement, taking the length of the field but halted by a referee who cannot decide between a forward pass and a flat pass.
"Hairline decisions like that, they should just let it go, because it was beautiful rugby," an ardent rugby fan standing next to me at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday said.
But rules are rules, and while the referees in Fiji can make decisions to allow for a great rugby try, overseas referees are guided by the video referees with new technology that reveals every blade of grass.
Taveuni boy Radradra has finally made it in top rugby and he scored a try for Paramatta Eels against Sisa Waqa's Melbourne Storm. But it was his team's only points as Melbourne scored a massive 64-4 win.
Radradra, a talent developed by Flying Fijian coach Inoke Male, while he was coach for Vatukoula, has proven critics wrong by making a fast track to the top.
He has a big future ahead of him and he rightly gave away his future in the Fiji sevens jersey for big money and fame in rugby league.
Meanwhile, Dale Tonawai led his Suva team to a first defence of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy on Saturday.
It was forward control and impregnable defence that won them the cup.
Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou has definitely worked hard on his team's defence and Namosi will also be hard to stop this week.
Lautoka trained for only three days and even then they played some good rugby running the ball back at Suva from every angle.
The depth and strength of Suva rugby has enabled them to introduce new players every week and not depend on the same lineup except in some key areas like the loose forward trio of Tonawai, Samu Bola and James Brown.
Isoa Donaldson is shaping up as another Severo Koroduadua in his big line kicking that sent the challengers backpedalling.
Fiji Rugby Union needs to review the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy system and have the defending team provide the list of challengers earlier once the semi-finalists for the Digicel Cup are confirmed.
Lautoka was at a disadvantage never knowing when to play and were told of the challenge in the last minute.
For the Lautoka supporters it was a slap in the face as they had really looked forward to a better display of rugby and winning the trophy makes a difference to the union coffers and Lautoka have been deprived of giving their best. Well since it's the cold season it — could be another case of somebody sleeping on the job, it happens everywhere.
While we are still on money, it has been reported that England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning goalkicker Jonny Wilkinson is the highest paid player in French rugby earning 48,155 pounds per month, about $F144,870.
According to Le Journal du Dimanche the top paid players are:
* Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) - £48,155 per month;
* Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro) - â‚¬£44,711 ($F134,509);
* Bryan Habana (Toulon) - â‚¬£42,991 ($F129,335);
* Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne) - £39,555 ($F118,998);
* Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse) - £36,975 ($F111,236);
* Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro) - £35,254 ($F106,058);
* Carl Hayman (Toulon) - £35,254 ($F106,058);
* Bakkies Botha (Toulon) - £35,254 ($F106,058);
* Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro) - £34,394 ($F103,471); and
* Matt Giteau (Toulon) - £34,394 ($F103,471)
Wilkinson has a net worth of £14m ($F42m) as of May 2012, according to the Sunday Times UK Rich List.
He is former member of the England national team. Wilkinson was a points-scoring machine right from his earliest days in professional rugby union.
He was also utterly dedicated to his sport and, away from the pitch he remains a clean-living individual who has never attracted bad press. He has been the model professional and perfect teammate for Newcastle Falcons, Toulon and England.
He would have achieved even greater things had it not been for an unfortunate series of injuries, and it came as no surprise when he announced his retirement from international rugby in December 2011.
He played 91 times for England, holds the Rugby World Cup points record with 277 and is the only man to score points in two World Cup finals. In total, he scored 1179 points for England.
After 12 years (and 1938 points) with Newcastle, Wilkinson signed a two-year deal with the leading French club Toulon in 2009 on a salary of £710,000 ($F2.14m) a season.
The contract has been extended to 2013. Lucrative endorsement deals with Adidas, Gillette and SFR, the French mobile network, take his annual earnings to £2.5m ($F7.5m).
His company, Jonny W Ltd, showed net assets of nearly £5m ($F15m) in 2010.