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Flying Fijians edge Italy in Suva

June 17, 2017 4:29 am

The Vodafone Flying Fijians defeated Italy 22-19 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium today.

Fiji scored three tries to Italy’s one, in a tightly contested encounter.

The home side started well with Eroni Vasiteri crossing the line, after some good work from set play.

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Jale Vatubua scored his first try for the Flying Fijians as Fiji led 14-9 at half-time.

Italian fly half, Tommaso Allan, kept his side in the match with three penalties in the first half.

Fijian winger, Vereniki Goneva opened the scoring in the second spell with a try from an intercept from inside his own half.

Fiji was reduced to 14-men after number eight Nemani Nagusa was yellow carded for an illegal tackle in the 52nd minute.

Italy took full advantage as Maxime Mbanda scored from a rolling maul to close the gap to 19-16.

Allan converted another penalty in the 77th minute to tie the scores at 19-all.

Ben Volavola won the match for Fiji with a drop goal after the hooter.

Fiji’s Joeli Veitiyaki made his debut off the bench in the last quarter.

The Italians dominated scrums and line-outs and those would be an area of concern for the coaching panel before the test against Scotland next week.

Fiji lost four of their own line-outs and lost possession on numerous occasions at scrum time.

Fiji hosts Scotland at 2.30pm at Suva’s ANZ Stadium next Saturday.

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