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Ratave scores in Benetton’s narrow win

Former Fijian Drua winger Onisi Ratave scored a try to help Benetton register a narrow 31-29 win over Ulster in the United Rugby Championship on Sunday.

Ratave was strong on the outside for the Italian club and made some bursting runs and crunching tackles.

Rhyno Smith’s late penalty snatched a 31-29 home win for Benetton.

Eric O’Sullivan’s early try gave Ulster the lead but the Italians hit back with tries to Tomas Albornoz¬† and ¬†Ratave to lead 17-10 at the break.

Rob Herring’s try narrowed Benetton’s lead to five but Juan Ignacio Brex’s score helped move the home side 28-15 ahead.

Ulster seemed to have snatched victory after a Michael Lowry score and penalty try before Smyth’s last-gasp penalty.

The defeat is Ulster’s fifth loss in six games and the first time while win becomes special for Benetton as they become the first Italian side to beat an Irish province since 2017.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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