Flying Fijians captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu says that the “underestimated a very good Uruguay side.”
The Flying Fijians suffered a massive blow after a lousy lineup field by Coach John McKee failed to tame the Uruguay side.
Fiji scored the first try however underestimated Uruguay was not giving in yet. Uruguay came with repplies to all Fijian tries and by end of second half, had already extended their lead.
Uruguay led 24-12 after a ring-a-ding first half. They scored three tries in that time, and were within an inch of securing a bonus point with a fourth, too. Fiji scored two tries both from short range off the back of scrum penalties which they kicked into touch.
In between, Uruguay scored their first after they swept up a loose ball, spilled by Leone Nakarawa as he tried a wildly ambitious offload. Scrum-half Santiago Arata wriggled, slipped, and squirmed through three tackles on his way to the try-line.
Manuel Diana scored Uruguay’s second off the back of a line-out, after Juan Manuel Cat had charged down Alivereti Veiotakani’s clearance. Cat got the third himself, after a spectacular offload by Rodrigo Silva.
The move started with another bit of poor play by the Fijians, after Semi Radradra left a high kick that was seized by Urguay’s full back, Gaston Mieres. Radrada almost gifted them a fourth with another loose pass, which Andres Vilaseca hacked downfield. The two of them raced each other to the ball as it bobbled over the line, but the replays showed Vilaseca had just knocked it on as he dived for it.
Fiji made a worse mistake right after the half, when Tevita Ratuva blew a three-on one by passing the ball straight to Uruguyan instead of a teammate. Then Josh Matavesi missed a simple penalty attempt.
The conversion he missed minutes later, after Api Ratuniyarawa bullied his way over for Fiji’s third, was even worse. Uruguay never did get that fourth try. It didn’t matter.
The two penalties Felipe Berchesi kicked in the second half put them eight points ahead, even after Nikola Matawalu scored a fourth try for Fiji. Even though Matawala got a fifth in the very last minute, it still wasn’t enough to prevent defeat.
–with The Guardian