Full Time
12:20pm Sat November 2, 2019
Post-Season Week 2 - Eden Park

Match Overview

Fiji Bati have thrashed Toa Samoa 44-18 in the first match of the Eden Park triple-header on Saturday afternoon.

Scoring eight tries to four in front of a small Auckland crowd, Fiji led from start to finish to extend their dominance over their Pacific rivals to three wins from the previous four meetings.

Coming out of the blocks intent on making a statement in attack, tries to Joe Lovodua (5th minute) and D'Rhys Miller (9th minute) gave Fiji the perfect start to lead 12-0 inside the opening ten minutes.

Continuing the early onslaught through Viliame Kikau (15th minute) after a lovely short ball from Brandon Wakeham, interchange forward Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu (23rd minute) received a fortuitous call from the bunker to give the Bati a 24-0 lead in equal time with the clock.

Needing to stem the flow of points to have any chance of mounting a comeback, Tim Lafai (26th minute) struck out wide following a strong offload from Martin Taupau in the lead-up.

Capping off a memorable first half with a second four-pointer to Kikau (36th minute), the Bati headed to the sheds with a deserved 30-6 lead.

Returning to the field with a renewed sense of vigour, Samoa were rewarded for their intensity with Lafai producing a superb flick pass for Jorge Taufua (50th minute) to score in the corner.

Striking back moments later through Isaac Lumelume (53rd minute), Fiji held their nerve to secure the result with tries to Brayden Williame (63rd minute) and Kevin Naiqama (67th minute).

Crossing twice through Taufua (78th minute) and Ronaldo Mulitalo (80th minute) shortly before fulltime, the consolation efforts would prove inconsequential with Fiji running out 44-18 victors.

3. Tui Kamikamica

Running for close to 200 metres, the Melbourne interchange forward showed his class starting on the international stage.

2. Brandon Wakeham

Showing plenty of classy touches with the ball, the young Bulldogs playmaker will be pushing for more game time in 2020 if performances like today are any indication of his potential.

1. Viliame Kikau

Scoring two tries with destructive running, the Penrith behemoth was a formidable force for the Samoans.