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Point break

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, June 29, 2014

THE focus is now on the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

This is after the Vodafone Flying Fijians team thrashed Cook Islands in the RWC qualifying match at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

Fiji defeated the visitors 108-6, breaking the century point-mark after 31 years in the history of Fiji rugby.

The home team scored 17 unanswered tries against the visitors following a 29-6 lead at the break, to book its spot in Pool A of the RWC against heavyweights Australia, Wales and hosts, England.

The win is a relief for head coach, John McKee who said there was a lot of pressure prior to the match.

"It's very good and pleasing to win the qualifying match especially when there's always pressure in the build-up," he said.

"We've still got a long way to the World Cup and I believe it was important to win this game today (yesterday)."

Fiji started its campaign with a try to fullback Metuisela Talebula before the Cooks replied with two penalties to take the lead.

It took Fiji more than 20 minutes to settle into the game when scrumhalf Nemia Kenatale scored under the cross bar to open the floodgates for Fiji.

Outside center and Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Crusaders flyer Nemani Nadolo and Watisoni Votu all crossed the white wash in the opening half.

McKee made some early changes in the second half. Replacement players Nikola Matawalu, Adriu Delai and Timoci Nagusa, all grabbed a brace of tries each. Nadolo completed his hat-trick in the second and also skipper Akapusi Qera, Dominiko Waqaniburotu and debutant Leroy Atalifo also registered five-pointers on the scoreboard.

Cook Islands captain Stan Wright who plays at Narbonne in France said Fiji was the better team.

"Hats off to Fiji, they were the better team in all aspects of the game and congratulations to them."


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