Pacific Challenge: Fiji Warriors begin campaign on a high

Fiji Warriors winger Samusamuvodre Tuidraki dives in for their las try against Tonga A in the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Challenge at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: ATU RASEA/FT FILE

THE Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors rugby team proved too strong against the bold Tongan side with a confident 56-14 bonus point win to kick-start their Pacific Rugby Cup campaign on a high note.

As expected the Fiji Warriors rugby team encountered physical battle against their Pacific rivals Tonga A in the first half.

Flying Fijians prop Eroni Mawi dotted the first try for the hosts in the 3rd minute and debutant Tira Patterson scored the second try in the 8th minute of play with both tries unconverted through flyhalf Caleb Muntz but the visitors answered back with a converted try through their captain Liueli Simote.

The Warriors continued to run riot over the Tongans scoring another three tries to number eight John Dyer, open side wing Veramu Dikidikilati and Luke Tagi bulldozing his way to the try line in the 30th minute before Tonga A scored their second try in the final minute of play in the first half.

Fiji led 29-14 in the first spell scoring five tries to two with only two converted tries by Enele Malele.

The second half was a one-way traffic for the Warriors as veteran Peni Naulago, Samusamuvodre Tuidraki, Veramu Dikidikilati with his second try and Samusamuvodre Tuidraki scored his second to seal the win.

Fiji scored 10 tries to two against Tonga A.

Fiji Warriors captain Frank Lomani was impressed with the performance of the young players.

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