Fiji defeats Barbarians 33-31
November 17, 2019 7:02 am
Fiji has defeated the Barbarians 33-31 in a close encounter at Twickenham stadium in London.
This is Fiji’s second win over the Barbarians.
Following this win, Fiji have won the Killik Cup.
Enele Malele opened the account for Fiji in the 24th minute of the first half followed by a conversion from Teti Tela.
Other tries were scored by Teti Tela, Johnny Dyer and Temo Mayanavanua.
Mathieu Bastareaud and Andre Esterhuizen crossed for the Baa-Baas in the first half, but converted tries from Enele Malele and Teti Tela saw Fiji lead at the break.
John Dyer’s two second-half scores and Temo Mayanavanua’s try kept Fiji ahead.
The Baa-Baas drew close through late efforts from Makazole Mapimpi and Morne Steyn, but Fiji clung on.
The Barbarians side featured former Ireland hooker Rory Best in his final game before retirement.
Three missed conversions from Barbarians fly-half Curwin Bosch proved crucial to the final result, as did two close try decisions that went against his side in the second half.
Fiji’s World Cup hopes had been dented when two missed kicks from Josh Matavesi proved crucial in their 30-27 defeat by Uruguay, but Tela’s four successful conversions at Twickenham were vital in the final analysis.
The Fijians frequently attacked from deep and looked to be set for a comfortable win when a second try from impressive flanker Dyer saw them to a 33-17 lead.
Dyer was also named the man of the match for his final try for Fiji which gave them the lead.
The Flying Fijians had failed to beat the Barbarians in their last three encounters.
The only other time Fiji defeated the Barbarians was during their first meeting in 1970 where the Flying Fijians ran riot in the second half.
In 2002 Fiji was beaten 24-12 while in 2013 the Flying Fijians lost 43-19.
Fiji’s biggest defeat was in 2016 when they were thrashed 40-7.
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