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Talebula, Goneva hit the headlines

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

FLYING Fijians Metuisela Talebula and Vereniki Goneva grabbed rugby headlines in European rugby over the weekend.

The duo were in top form helping their respective teams win.

Talebula was the toast of his Bordeaux-Begles team scoring two tries and helping his team to defeat Sitiveni Sivivatu's Clermont 26-16 in the French Top 14 competition.

According to France24 website, the former national 7s rep grubber kicked the ball between two Clermont defenders and outpaced them to collect and touch down for his 11th try of the season.

Talebula tore apart the Clermont defence again on the hour mark but the visitors managed to deny Bordeaux a try through some tough defence but he made amends and went over for his second try two minutes from time, bursting through the middle of the Clermont defence to swan dive over the try line.

His two tries have enabled him to hit the Top 14 top try scorer with 12 tries so far this season and help his team to climb to sixth position after the win.

Clermont still leads the Top 14 points table despite the loss.

Meanwhile, in England, former national 7s skipper Vereniki Goneva scored two tries to help his Leicester Tigers team down Newcastle Falcons 41-18.

Goneva also won the best player award after the game.

According to Skysports report, the Nagado native displayed individual brilliance resulting in his tries.

The report said: "It looked as if that is the how the scores would stay going in to half-time, that was before Goneva produced a moment of individual brilliance.

"Tigers were to make up for it two minutes later, though, as the impressive Goneva broke free after a strong driving maul to go over for his second try of the afternoon."

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