Aus­tralian Rugby Has a Grow­ing Debt to Pa­cific Is­lands

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Paul Cully

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2. Lopeti Ti­mani grabbed his chance.

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3. Pu­mas have be­come ut­terly pre­dictable.

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4. Dis­ci­pline has be­come a deep weak­ness.

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5. Tom Robert­son and Alan Alaala­toa were ex­cel­lent.

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