November 25, 2018
The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians recorded their first ever win over France at the the Stade de France this morning, winning 21-14.
The John McKee coached side played with sheer determination and lots of guts and could have got more points on the board had the match officials not denied them two more tries in the thrilling encounter.
One try which was scored by Vereniki Goneva in the first half was denied for offside after video review, and the other disallowed in the second half for a late tackle.
The Fijians repeatedly tore through French lines with powerful runs and got their first try in the 20th minute through Semi Radradra who bust through a couple of tackles to touch down.
Ben Volavola successfully converted to give Fiji a 7-0 lead.
France quickly responded with a try through Captain Guilhem Guirado five minutes later and a successful conversion from Baptiste Serin leveled scores.
Winger Josua Tuisova scored the second try in the 32nd minute as the Fijians took advantage of their quick passes and off-loads to reach the try-line.
Volavola missed the conversion as the French hit back with Guirado and a successful conversion from Serin gave the hosts a 14-12 halftime lead.
The Flying Fijians continued to display good and disciplined rugby in the second half and managed to get 9 more points from Volavola’s kicking boots.
Fiji has beaten tier one sides Scotland and Italy in recent years, but this could be its biggest win since defeating Australia 18-16 in 1954 in Sydney.
By Reginald Chandar