Beach v’ball, Ruata claim silver

THE Fiji beach volleyball team lost in the gold medal play-offs to Papua New Guinea by two straight sets in the Pacific Games while Fiji’s three boxers all settled for silver medals as well.

PNG proved to be the better team and the win brought delight to the large home fans that had come to see them play.

Fiji’s Aisea Raratabu played with an injured knee that had been bothering him before the semi-finals.

“PNG was the better team on the day and they managed a win so hats off to them.

“For me, I think I will be looking at rehabilitation and surgery,” he said.

Raratabu and Waisele Suka were crowded by a huge crowd of locals taking pictures with them.

Meanwhile Fiji’s boxers Winston Hill, Tina Ruata and Viliame Vitukalulu all lost their final fight at the Caritas Sports Complex.

Hill who fought in the welterweight was the unluckiest of the lot as he had a close battle and Ruata lost on a technical knockout.

Coach Pauliasi Ratu said it was a good outing for them.

“We have returned to the international scene after a long time and for all three boxers to reach the final is quite an achievement.”

* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP

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