FLYING Fijians lock Api Naikatini scored a try to help his Wellington Lions side beat Auckland 38-16 in the ITM Cup competition in New Zealand on Saturday night. The burly forward was instrumental at the breakdowns and in defence as his antics led to him scoring a try and providing assists in two more in the first half.
FORMER national sevens star Nikola Matawalu copped a yellow card as he helped his Glasgow Warriors side to a 17-12 win over the Scarlets in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition. While he was not on the score sheet, Matawalu was on the big screen for stamping at the base of a ruck. The Warriors are unbeaten in the competition.
Tuqiri gets run
Dual international, Lote Tuiqiri featured at outside centre for Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition in Scotland as they went down to Munster 15-19 on Saturday. The 33-year-old signed a short-term deal with Leinster early last month. His deal with rugby league club Wests Tigers last season did not go as well as he was constantly sidelined because of injuries.
MARITINO Nemani scored a try but it was not enough as his Bay of Plenty side went down to Waikato 25-28 in the ITM Cup competition on Friday. On the same night, Asaeli Tikoirotuma started off the bench for Manawatu in their 22-16 win over Northland and Ropate Rinakama failed to help North Habour as they went down 37-23 to Otago.
FORMER Flying Fijian Vereniki Goneva played a grand game for Leicester Tigers, however, he was not able to score as his side drew 19-all against Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership competition. In the same competition, Michael Tagicakibau featured on the wing for Saracens as they won 19-12 over the London Wasps.
THE Fijian trio of Josh Matavesi, Ravai Fatiaki and Josh Drauniniu partnered at inside centre, outside centre and right wing respectively but failed to make any significant impact in Worchester Warrior's 11-16 loss to Newcastle over the weekend in the Aviva Premiership competition. Warriors' director Dean Ryan said he might make changes to the midfield for their next match.
WINGER Semesa Rokoduguni etched his name on the try sheet but it was not enough as his Bath side went down 13-19 to Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership competition. The Fijian touched down near the posts to give George Ford an easy conversion and Bath a 7-3 lead but the lead was short-lived.
Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga could be sidelined for two to three weeks, meaning he will miss their showdowns against Toulon and Racing MÃ©tro. Nalaga, who scored two tries against Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles in the Top 14 last weekend, suffered a calf injury and will be out of action for their next few games.