Friday, September 29, 2023

Historical! Fiji beat Australia 22-15 after 69 years

Fiji secured a historic win against Australia 22-15 In Saint-Étienne, for Group C of the World Cup. The game had the Islanders as protagonists and Eddie Jones’ team hesitated as they could not find a way to break through the defense, lost many balls on contact, suffered from the scrum and were unable to exploit the line. I relived the game on Star+.

He first time was characterized by the parity. Everyone tried to upset the balance with their arguments, but it wasn’t easy for them. Fiji When he had the ball, he tried to show his return game and complicated the game Wallabies who also managed to fend off every opponent’s attack and intelligently keep them away from the goal.

Come on Criminals began to be the protagonists and that’s where the first points came from. Ben Donaldson opened the scoring and Simione Kuruvoli replied with two deliveries. Amid this closed defense, Nick White scored 50/22 from the galley for the Yellows. Mark Nawaqanitawase He played it quickly against a sleeping Fiji defender and the same winger was responsible for marking first attempt of the game.

The Fijians made the usual mistakes, wanting to play quickly and get rid of the ball on contact, which doesn’t always work out well. However, they managed to string together good plays and responded 2 more penalties from Simione Kuruvoli go to Break for 12-8. A difference that rewarded the Fijians and punished the Australians for the seven penalties they committed during the game against their rival’s three.

He add to began to ask about Fiji: In a ball to attack Carter Gordon, he went into reception and Joshua Tuisova didn’t waste the gift and He immediately started the experiment. It was a shock for Australia, who hadn’t shown much and, with the nerves of falling behind on the scoreboard, started losing balls against Fiji, whose defense was getting bigger as the minutes passed.

Australia managed to equalize with a try from Suliasi Vunivalu that after a line and a maul he took the ball just a few centimeters from the goal and won the victory. The problems in the line did not allow Fiji to play further forward, but in loose play and in the scrum they managed to make up for this deficiency. The Wallabies failed to score any more points, the Fijians took control, finished the game with their arms raised and, like in 2007 against Wales, once again knocked down a giant.


AUSTRALIA (15): 1. Angus Bell, 2. David Porecki (C), 3. James Slipper, 4. Nick Frost, 5. Richard Arnold, 6. Tom Hooper, 7. Fraser McReight, 8. Rob Valetini, 9. Nic White, 10 . Carter Gordon, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15. Ben Donaldson.

Substitutions: ST: 9 Suliasi Vunivolu for Gordon, 16 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa for White and Zane Nonggorr for Slipper, 19 Rob Leota for McReight and Jordan Uelese for Porecki, 25 Matt Philip for Arnold and Dave Porecki for Uelese Lalakai Foketi from Kerevi and Blake Schoupp von Bell.

Coach: Eddie Jones.

Fiji (22): 1. Eroni Mawi, 2. Samuel Matavesi, 3. Luke Tagi, 4. Isoa Nasilasila, 5. Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 6. Lekima Tagitagivalu, 7. Levani Botia, 8. Viliame Mata, 9. Simione Kuruvoli, 10. Teti Tela , 11. Semi Radradra, 12. Josua Tuisova, 13. Waisea Nayacalevu (C), 14. Jiuta Wainiqolo, 15. Ilaisa Droasese.

Substitutions: ST: 12 – Vinaya Habosi for Wainiqolo, 6 – Frank Lomani for Kuruvoli, 10 – Peni Ravai for Mawi, Tevita Ikanivere for Matavesi and Mesake Doge for Tagi, 19 – Luke Tagi for Doge and Albert Tuisue for Botia, 26 – Temo Mayanavanua of Nasilasila, 28 ́ Vilimoni Botitu of Tuisova.

Coach: Simon Raiwalui.

POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF: 2′ penalty from Ben Donaldson (A), 11′ and 20′ penalty from Simione Kuruvoli (F), 23′ try from Mark Nawaqanitawase (A), 26′ and 32′ penalty from Simione Kuruvoli.

Partial result: Australia 8-12 Fiji.

POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF: 2 – Josua Tuisova – converted try by Simione Kuruvoli (F), 25 – Frank Lomani – penalty, 27 – Suliasi Vanivalu – converted try by Ben Donaldson.

WARNED: there wasn’t.

REFEREE: Andrew Brace.

BASKETBALL COURT: Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, Saint-Étienne.

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