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Georgia defeats Flying Fijians 14-3 in test match

The Vodafone Flying Fijians were defeated to Georgia 14-3 in an international test match at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. Both teams were locked at three points at halftime. Georgia scored one try to Fiji’s none. Georgia’s Lasha Khmaladze scored the first try in the first forty seconds of the second half. Georgia’s fullback Merab Kvirikashvili […]

Luke Nacei

June 24, 2016 4:50 pm

The Vodafone Flying Fijians were defeated to Georgia 14-3 in an international test match at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon.

Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians against their test match against Georgia at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. (Fiji Rugby/Facebook)
Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Georgia in an international test match at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. (Fiji Rugby)

Both teams were locked at three points at halftime.

Georgia scored one try to Fiji’s none.

Georgia’s Lasha Khmaladze scored the first try in the first forty seconds of the second half.

Georgia’s fullback Merab Kvirikashvili kicked three penalties to add to its tally while Fiji’s flyhalf Ben Volavola also got one.

Lat week, the Vodafone Flying Fijians won against Samoa 26-16  to retain the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach, John McKee has named yet another strong team for their test match against Georgia tomorrow.

Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John Mc Kee. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

The team has a boost of experience players with a few positional changes and new players to the side.

The selected players are:

  1. Peni Ravai
  2. Sunia Koto (Captain)
  3. Taniela Koroi
  4. Savenaca Tabakanalagi
  5. Tevita Cavubati
  6. Naulia Dawai
  7. Mosese Voka
  8. Eremasi Radrodro
  9. Nemia Kenatale
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Patrick Osborne
  12. Eroni Vasiteri
  13. Adriu Delai
  14. Savenaca Rawaca
  15. Benito Masilevu
  16. Viliame Veikoso
  17. Campese Maáfu
  18. Mesake Doge
  19. Nemia Soqeta
  20. Malakai Ravulo
  21. Henry Seniloli
  22. Seremaia Bai
  23. Vereniki Goneva

Meanwhile, McKee said their aim is to win all three PNC matches.

 McKEE: “Our goal objectives is to win all three PNC matches and  its game on, on Friday (tomorrow). We had a good week training and its been good for us we just here in Pacific Harbor to train and its good for the boys to meet up the 7s players as well.

He said the side will have to be more vigilant in their test match against Georgia.

McKEE: “We will have to be very focused to achieve that goal and we know that Georgia were a draw and a win and they are hoping to go home undefeated as well. We will try and move our ball and give our wings some opportunities.

Some of the Vodafone Flying Fijians having their Bu session after their training at the Uprising Beach Resort today. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire)
Some of the Vodafone Flying Fijians having their Bu session after their training at the Uprising Beach Resort today. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire)

The match will kick off at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium, and the Vodafone Flying Fijians are encouraging all their fans to come out and spend the National Sports Day public holiday at the Stadium to support them when they play against Georgia.

Vodafone Flying Fijian’s winger Patrick Osborne says there is still room for improvement that he needs to work on before their test match against Georgia.

Vodafone Flying Fijian wing Patrick Osborne (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Vodafone Flying Fijian wing Patrick Osborne (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Osborne who scored the winning try for his side in the 77th minute sealing the game with a 26-16 win said it was a relief to win.

Patrick Osborne with the ball seconds before scoring the winning try for the Vodafone Flying Fijians yesterday against Samoa. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Patrick Osborne with the ball seconds before scoring the winning try for the Vodafone Flying Fijians yesterday against Samoa. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

He said there were no regrets for him donning the white jumper.

OSBORNE: “I am happy and I’m just one of the many players that dont take just the 15 or 23, it takes the 30 and team management that we got the result having the cup sit here for another year. It was a relief to win because we had heap of chances but we just kept coughing up the ball. The ball was pretty slippery because of all the rain it got really humid and the dew on the ball was of an bit extra.

The 29-year-old believes dedication and commitment of the team led to their victory thus retaining the Pacific Nations Cup yesterday.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will take one Georgia on Saturday.

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