Fiji Bati Residents win second Test against Tonga

Rupeni Korosaya of the Vodafone Fiji Bati Residents tries to barge his way through the Tongan defence during their match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Wednesday, June 05, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati Residents team has made it two from two after securing another win against Tonga Residents with a 16-10 win yesterday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fiji coach Brandon Costin said it was a different affair from last week’s 56-4 win in Lautoka.

“To back up a performance like last week is an extremely great effort and I commend the players for their endurance in sending us to our second win,” Costin said.

Fiji got its first points through scrum half Penione Tagituimua who sliced through a gap to dive over for a try and fullback Apisai Lomani added the conversion.

Tonga retaliated through its hard running forwards who hammered the Fiji defensive line to find space for winger Saimone Lasalosi to crash over.

Conversion missed.

The try fired Tonga up and managed another try when front rower Lisiata Tupuata carried three Fijians with him to the tryline.

Tonga scrum half added the two points sending both teams to the break with the visitors leading 10-6.

The Tongan pack was unsuccessful in trying to break Fiji’s stonewall defence.

Fiji turned up the tempo allowing Pio Seci to score and slotted a penalty plus a try from prop forward Michael Peter to win.

Vodafone Fiji Bati Residents: 1.Apisal Lomani 2.Maika Tudravu 3.Pio Second 4.Vereti Bukavesi 5.Joseva Lalawa 6.Ropate To be 7.Penioni Tagituimua 8.Michael Peter 9.Rupeni Korosaya 10.Viliame Rakuli 11.Atueta Guivalu 12.Maika Serulevu 13.Jowasa Drodrolagi 14.Jolame Dianimoto 15.Sateki Umu 16.Sikeli Qauqau 17.Apakuki Tavodi

Tonga Residents: 1.Tevita Fanua 3.Christian Lavemai 4.Peni Maufulau 5.Saimone Lasalosi 6.Atunaisa Ilaiu 7.Taufui Maafu 8.Sione Lelenoa 9.Vaai Nau 10.Lamipete Havea 11.Peter Manukei 12.Sosefo Tonga 13.Palavi Tahaafe 14.Tupou Ahomee 15.Lisiate Tupuata 16.Bruce Folau 17.Vaivalo Tuakalau. |

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