FIJI Secondary School Rugby Union history was created when the 2013 Fiji under-18 rugby team became the first age-group side to beat the New Zealand Schoolboys during its Tri Series Test match at St. Marys Rugby League Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Friday night.
With a 22-20 win, the boys defied all odds — a rare achievement on a rare night, given the fact that they were not used to playing under floodlights.
The Josaia Rokomarawa-coached side had struggled to raise funds for the tour, while the Fiji Rugby Union revealed the Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union was not one of its affiliates.
All the off-field debates did not deter the U18 Flying Fijians from creating history.
Team manager Lionel Danford said it was a gutsy performance from the team.
Danford said two minutes left from fulltime, Bau strongman and inside centre Viliame Kikau scored a try to level scores at 20-20, dragging three defenders on his way to the tryline. Nadroga lad Waisake Tuimereke kicked the winning conversion at the sound of the hooter.
"History is created," he said.
"We are so happy with the win. It did not come easy, the New Zealand boys were big and physical but our boys were very physical and they fought until the final whistle."
The huge and physical Baby All Blacks led 14-10 at the interval. However, the gutsy performance of the Fijians, led by skipper and breakaway Mesulame Dolokoto worked tirelessly to score the converted try in the end.
Fiji's opening try was scored by winger Seveci Nakailagi. Number eight Rupeni Vakasilimi also crossed the whitewash in the opening spell.
Towering lock Sakiusa Boletawa scored Fiji's third try in the second spell as Fiji trailed 15-20 before Kikau and Tuimereke had the last laugh of the night.
"Now it's back to the drawing board, we are looking forward to the next game against Australia," Danford said.
The team was graced with the presence and support of former Fiji age group player and Brumbies winger Henry Speight.
Fiji plays the Australian Schoolboys on Tuesday.