Fiji hold off a late Barbarians comeback to win thriller


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Barbarians 31-33 Fiji: John Dyer scores ‘sublime’ are attempting as Fiji take thrilling sport
Killik Cup: Barbarians v Fiji
Barbarians:(12) 31
Tries:Bastareaud, Esterhuizen, Mapimpi (2), Steyn ;Cons:Bosch, Steyn (2)
Fiji:(14) 33
Tries:Malele, Tela, Dyer (2), Mayanavanuav ;Cons:Tela (4)

Fiji held off a late comeback from the Barbarians to scream an inviting take at Twickenham.

Mathieu Bastareaud and Andre Esterhuizen crossed for the Baa-Baas in the principle half, nonetheless transformed tries from Enele Malele and Teti Tela seen Fiji lead on the spoil.

John Dyer’s two 2d-half scores and Temo Mayanavanua’s are attempting saved Fiji ahead.

The Baa-Baas drew end via late efforts from Makazole Mapimpi and Morne Steyn, nonetheless Fiji clung on.

England coach Eddie Jones turned into once responsible of the Barbarians, who featured damaged-down Eire hooker Rory Ultimate in his closing sport sooner than retirement.

Three overlooked conversions from Barbarians soar-half Curwin Bosch proved important to the closing end result, as did two end are attempting choices that went in opposition to his aspect in the 2d half.

World Cup winner Tendai Mtawarira device he had crossed inhis closing worldwide look,nonetheless the the 34-year-old vogue prop, nicknamed ‘Beast’, had his end-vary effort disallowed after replays confirmed that he had dropped the ball when crossing the road.

Rory Ultimate received the final of his 124 Eire caps after they were knocked out of the 2019 World Cup in the final eight

And the Baa-Baas got here end again when Esterhuizen turned into once shown to be true rapid of the road after stretching for what would had been the South African centre’s 2d are attempting.

Fiji’s World Cup hopes had been dented when two overlooked kicks from Josh Matavesi proved important intheir 30-27 defeat by Uruguay,nonetheless Tela’s four successful conversions at Twickenham were crucial in the closing diagnosis.

The Fijians recurrently attacked from deep and looked to be space for a happy take when a 2d are attempting from spectacular flanker Dyer seen them to a 33-17 lead.

Ultimate and Mtawarira had enjoyed standing ovations when being substituted, nonetheless the late look of damaged-down Springbok soar-half Steyn ensured a rousing enact.

The 35-year-old vogue ran in a just accurate are attempting with two minutes to head, rapidly after Mapimpi’s 2d, and then kicked the conversion himself nonetheless Fiji stood agency.

Barbarians:Havili, Leyds, Bastareaud, Esterhuizen, Mapimpi, Bosch, Powell; Mtawarira, Ultimate, Pieretto, Jones, Ardron, Samu, van Staden, Strauss.

Replacements: Makalio, Maafu, van Wyk, Cottrell, Philip, Vermaak, Am, Steyn.

Fiji:Malele, Wainiqolo, Tikoirotuma, Vularika, Osborne, Tela, Lomani; S. Tawake, Veramalua Vugakoto, Mawi, Mayanavanuav, Nabou, Voka, Dyer, Radrodo.

Replacements: Ikanivere, Veitayaki, Ducivaki, Naqali, Kunavula, P. Matawalu, Muntz, Reece.

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