Fiji Time: 11:13 PM on Friday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Lemi's dream comes true

Arin Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

IT was a dream come true for veteran winger and Samoan captain David Lemi when they beat the Vodafone Flying Fijians 18-13 yesterday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The 32-year-old who first represented his country recorded his first win over Fiji in Suva.

Fly half Tusi Pisi scored all of Samoa's points via penalties while Nemani Nadolo and Napolioni Nalaga scored for Fiji and Nadolo kicked a conversion.

"Samoa has won over Fiji a couple of times in the past years but has not in Suva since 1998." It was my dream to beat them in Suva one day and it came true today (yesterday). We knew it was not going to be easy but finally we have done it," he said.

Fiji captain Akapusi Qera said they were unfortunate to lose in front of their home fans.

"Indiscipline let us down and we just could make things happen," he said.

Fiji coach John McKee said Samoa had a good scrum and Fiji lost too many balls at the line-outs which allowed Samoa to contain Fiji's fast running game.

"We didn't have ability to break out and we should have moved the ball out wide and have a go at them but didn't," he said.

"The reason we lost today (yesterday) is because we didn't lift out tempo and we played too much into the close passages which suited them (Samoans) and we didn't play smart enough on the day and we didn't play to our strengths."

Pisi said he was not under any pressure to kick all of Samoa's points. It was just easy, it's his role and his job.

"I think our forwards played well, set a good platform and put the Fijian forwards under pressure."

Samoan coach Stephen Betham said Fiji played well and gave Samoa a tough time.

"We knew it was going to be physical it was for the whole 80 minutes and we expected the Fijians to come out hard in the second half and they did, credit to them, they showed a lot of tenacity to keep at us," he said.

"We expected no less from the Fijians but a win is a win."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain'
  2. NFP wants Khan probe
  3. PM praises Key
  4. Christian values taken out of proportion, says padre
  5. Twist at FHL meet
  6. Health issues prompt Khan's resignation
  7. School zoning
  8. Chand chases childhood dream
  9. Citizens report TV program to Police
  10. EU ready to give $67.5m

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. A gambler's wife Saturday (15 Oct)
  5. Rugby offer Monday (17 Oct)
  6. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  7. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  8. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  9. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  10. My heart cries out Monday (17 Oct)