Flying Fijians victory

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have ended their Northern tour with a 57-17 win against Canada yesterday morning.

The John McKee-coached side scored nine tries to lead 33-10 in the first half.

The last time both teams met was in 2015 during the Rugby World Cup warm up where Fiji won 47-18.

Seven minutes into the first half Kalivati Tawake scored a try and Ben Volavola’s golden kick put them to lead 7-0.

Canada returned the favour with unconverted try to level the score 7-7.

The Fijian players showed world-class action with an unconverted try from Talemaitoga Tuapati 22 minutes into the game to extend their lead to 12-7.

Canada was awarded a penalty kicked by Brock Straller to close the gap to 12-10.

Fiji was awarded a penalty try to extend their lead 19-10 and kept firing back with nippy Frank Lomani with his wonderful attack scored a converted try leading 26-10.

Ten minutes to end the first half Newcastle Falcons play maker Vereniki Goneva scored a try with the conversion from Volavola to close the first half.

Flanker Peceli Yato came in just in time to score an unconverted try 38-10.

The Canadians were helpless as the Fijians were hovering them left right and centre scoring tries.

In the 64th minute Sears Duru finally scored a try going through a tough defence and a conversion from Staller 38-17.

Olympian Leone Nakarawa broke through the defence to score a try once again Volavola managed to slot the ball in, extending their lead to 45-17.

Levani Botia the “Demolition man” was unstoppable scoring another try for Fiji and another conversion from Volavola secured their spot with the points of 52-17. The “Beast” Semi Kunatani closed off the Canadians with an unconverted try to finish off the second half.

McKee was pleased with the players’ performance ending their game on a high note.

“I was pleased with the score line and it was also a good game getting our new players in and it was a great experience for them,” he said.

“We didn’t play well against Italy and Ireland as they took chances on our mistakes and good teams do that and that cost us the games.

“All the way through this tour we’ve been putting our game plan and team cohesion.

“This was tricky for us this November tour getting together and preparation of players coming from clubs which was difficult but the game showed the concrete players we have.”

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