Fiji Bati winger Suliasi Vunivalu

Led by scintillating doubles from wingers Maika Sivo and Suliasi Vunivalu, the Fiji Bati have easily accounted for the Lebanon Cedars.

With a 34-4 score at half-time and a 58-14 score at full-time, the traffic was one-way throughout.

It took just seven minutes for the opening try to be scored, as Storm prop Tui Kamikamica bustled off defenders to score.

Vunivalu then nabbed his first of the night when some swift passing from Brandon Wakeham saw the Storm winger cruise over.

Just a few minutes later, another Fijian try was on the cards, this time to Parramatta Eels winger Maika Sivo.

Soaring through the air like Superman, he leaped highest, came down with the ball and planted it down.

Fijian back-rower Viliame Kikau then showed off some twinkle-toes, wiggling down the sideline before stepping inside to score another Fiji try.

It was fast becoming a rout and all Fiji, as Joe Lovodua barged through the middle and found Wakeham to score, making it 28-0.

Despite a possible double movement in the lead-up, Vunivalu would nab his second try.

Down but not out in spirit, Michael Lichaa did pull one try back for the Cedars, burrowing over from dummy half.

With comparisons often drawn to former Eels winger Semi Radradra, Sivo showed some of them may be right.

In true Semi fashion, he bulldozed his way over a would-be Lebanese defender to score his second of the match.

The Cedars would again score, as Robbie Farah’s grubber found Manly winger Abbas Miski to score in the corner.

Fiji lost their momentum for a while as Lebanon found theirs and Miski soon had a double.

Not to be outdone, though, Fiji wrestled back control and Lovodua scored a try of his own.

Cronulla Sharks back-rower Jayson Bukuya would then grab a late double to put the icing on a mostly dominant performance.

Bukuya knows how important all wins for Fiji are as they set their heights and ambitions high.

“Our start won it for us. We were on right from that opening kick-off,” said Fiji back-rower Jayson Bukuya.

“It was a great effort from the boys and hopefully we can build on this.

“The goal is to eventually become a tier one nation and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

As for Lebanon, it marks the end of one era with veteran Farah closing the curtain on his international career.

 

By ricky

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