Great Week­end for Our Top 14 Play­ers

Fiji Sun - - Sport - LEONE CABENATABUA Feed­back: leonec@fi­ -Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Our play­ers con­tinue to shine for their re­spec­tive clubs in the French Top 14 com­pe­ti­tion. It is great to see the re­turn of 2011 Rugby World Cup cen­tre Al­bert Vulivuli from in­juries. The tough Savusavu na­tive has stamped his mark in the Rac­ing 92 side where he plays along­side Joe Roko­coko and Dan Carter. Also young sec­ond five eight Jale Vatubua is hav­ing a grand time with Pau play­ing along­side All Blacks star cen­tre and dou­ble Rugby World Cup win­ner Con­rad Smith.

Votu’s try fail to lift Pau

For­mer Voda­fone Fi­jian men’s rugby sev­ens winger Wati­soni Votu scored a try for Pau but it was not enough as they went down 18-22 to Toulon at the Stade du Hameau. Seven­teen (17) points from Leigh Half­penny’s boot helped Toulon claim their first vic­tory over the sea­son.

Toulon led 9-8 at the in­ter­val thanks to three Half­penny penal­ties with Votu cross­ing for a 17th minute try for the hosts. Votu was sup­ported by sec­ond five eight Jale Vatubua who com­bined well with for­mer All Blacks star cen­tre Con­rad Smith. Toulon is ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of ‘Fi­jian bus’ Jo­sua Tuisova to boost their Top 14 cam­paign.

Fi­jian duo in La Rochelle fight­back

La Rochelle with Fi­jian full­back Kini Murimuri­valu and No.8 Jone Qovu came from behind to win against Greno­ble 22-19 at the Stade des Alpes. Greno­ble had just un­veiled Fi­jian rugby league con­vert Sisa Waqa who for the first time was on the run on team. Greno­ble im­proved upon their dis­mal out­ing in Round 1 away to Stade Français – when they shipped over 50 points – to lead at the break, thanks to Gio Aplon’s con­verted try and two penal­ties from the boot of Jonathan Wis­niewski. La Rochelle had been kept in the game up to half-time thanks to tries from Zeno Kieft and Hika Forbes, with a con­ver­sion from new sign­ing Brock James, to trail by a point at the break 12-13.

Roko­coko, Vulivuli help Rac­ing win

De­fend­ing T14 cham­pi­ons Rac­ing 92 brushed past new­com­ers Lyon with a 29-16 bonus-point win on Satur­day. Rac­ing 92 fielded for­mer All Blacks star Dan Carter and Fi­jian born winger Joe Roko­coko while for­mer Fly­ing Fi­jian cen­tre Al­bert Vulivuli came in as a sub­sti­tute. Fol­low­ing their open­ing day loss away to UBB this was an in­stant turn­around from Rac­ing, with cen­tre Henry Cha­vancy scor­ing two tries, one ei­ther side of half-time. Frédéric Micha­lak opened the scor­ing for Lyon with a penalty and that lead lasted for 14 min­utes be­fore Rac­ing re­sponded af­ter a Dan Carter miss. Juan Imhoff, fresh from fea­tur­ing in the Sev­ens at the Olympics in Rio, was put away from an in­side

Fi­jian fly­ers drive Brive to vic­tory

ball by Carter to score. Carter couldn’t land the con­ver­sion. Cha­vancy was next to score with his first try of the match, con­verted by Carter, but two penal­ties from Micha­lak cut the gap to 12-9 by the in­ter­val. Brive with Fi­jian wingers Ben­ito Masilevu, Se­vanaia Galala scored an up­set 28-20 win over Stade Fran­cais at the Stade Amedee Domenech. Brive also later bought in Fly­ing Fi­jian lock Do­miniko Waqaniburotu to strengthen their for­ward pack while Waisea Nay­a­calecu toiled hard for Stade Fran­cais. An en­ter­tain­ing open­ing 40 min­utes saw Brive go in 16-13 to the good and their points all came from Ger­main, who scored a try, con­ver­sion and three penal­ties. In re­ply the Parisians carded a Ser­gio Parisse try while Jules Plis­son kicked the ex­tra two points and two penal­ties. But af­ter the break it was all Brive as the boot of steady full-back Ger­main, as it has so of­ten in the past, proved de­ci­sive. He struck a fur­ther three penal­ties be­fore the hour mark that pushed Brive into a 25-13 lead with a quar­ter of the game left.

Pau sec­ond five eight Jale Vatubua breaks through the de­fence. Photo: Zim­bio

Rac­ing 92 cen­tre Al­bert Vulivuli leads the charge. Photo: Zim­bio

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