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Talebula in losing side in French Top 14 competition

Emoni Narawa
Monday, April 07, 2014

FLYING Fijian Metuisela Talebula started at fullback for Bordeaux Begles but could not help his side overcome Oyonnax in their Top 14 clash on Saturday night.

Talebula's side lost 12-26 allowing Oyonnax to climb out of the Top 14 relegation zone.

Two Fijians in Nemia Soqeta and former Western Force winger Samuela Wara featured for Oyonnax. Soqeta and Wara came in as replacements and played a part in clinching the crucial victory to help the side leap above both Bayonne and Perpignan — whom they visit next week — and into 11th place with three rounds left to play.

Winger Silvere Tian and Tongan number eight Viliami Maafu scored Oyonnax tries, fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta was successful with both conversions and converted four penalties while Nicolas Sanchez knocked over four penalties for Bordeaux Begles.

Meanwhile, Noa Naikataci and Napolioni Nalaga featured for Clermont in beating a spirited Leicester Tigers side 22-16 at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, securing themselves a European semi-final.

Flying Fijian utility back Vereniki Goneva started on the winger for the Tigers but failed to help his side clinch victory.

Early yesterday morning, towering Nemani Nadolo started on the wing in the Crusaders' 28-7 Super Rugby victory against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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