Fiji beats Canada in the final 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match

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9th ranked Fiji run five tries in to defeat 18th seeded Canadian National Team at Twickenham Stoop Stadium ahead of RWC underway September 18
 
 
LONDON, ENGLAND – DTH Van Der Merwe scored two tries but Fiji left the Twickenham Stoop with a 47-18 win over Canada Sunday in the final 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match. Fiji, who won this year’s Pacific Nations Cup, ran in five tries while Nemani Nadolo added 22 points with the boot. Conor Trainor got Canada’s other try while Gordon McRorie added a penalty.

 
“We just weren’t clinical,” Canada head coach Kieran Crowley said. “Pass mark for the second half but the first half was pretty poor really.”

 
After building an early 6-3 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, Fiji showed their flash and pace over a six minute spell as they put 17 unanswered points up on the board.
 
Scrum-half Nikola Matawalu, who was one of the players of the tournament during the Pacific Nations Cup, scored his seventh test try after a great dummy allowed him to sneak past the Canadian line to score by the posts.
 
He would then turn provider in the 26th minute as he once again broke the Canadian line but this time offloaded to Stade Francais winger Waisea Nayacalevu who cruised in for the try. Nadolo’s third penalty of the half in the 30th minute pushed Fiji’s lead to 23-3.
 
“They’re a real handful,” Crowley said of Fiji. “If any of these teams take them lightly they’ve got a real problem. They’ve got some outstanding players on their team. Their No.9 is great, he’s always a threat.”
 
However, Canada replied in positive fashion as Trainor dived over for his sixth test try after great hands by Phil Mackenzie on the wing but Matawalu grabbed his second try of the game three minutes from half time after a swift Fijian counter attack.
 
After an unusually quiet opening 20 minutes of the second half, the game sprung back into life when Nayacalevu touched down for the second time pushing Fiji’s lead to 37-8 and was swiftly followed by another Nadolo penalty.”We’re still making those silly little mistakes,” said Hubert Buydens. “We really have to clean that up for our next game against Ireland because it all counts then. No more freebies.”
 
The final 15 minutes saw Canada take it to the Flying Fijians and they were rewarded twice as Van Der Merwe scored his 15th and 16th test tries, giving him sole possession of third all-time on Canada’s try scoring list.
 
Bordeaux’s Metuisela Talebula got the final score of the game as he intercepted a Connor Braid pass and ran in for his 10th test try in just his 16th game to cap a five-try performance for Fiji.
 
Canada now has 13 days to prepare for their World Cup opener against Ireland on September 19th at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Kickoff is 9:30 am ET/6:30 am PT and can be watched LIVE on TSN, Rugby Canada’s Official Broadcast Provider. The entire tournament can be seen on TSN.
 
“We’ve still got a bit of work to do on the way we’re trying to play the game,” Crowley said. “We’ve given everyone a go in the lead-up games. We’re happy with where we are at. There’s some work to do but we’re getting there.”Canada’s Roster vs. Fiji (Club), Hometown, Province
 
1. Hubert Buydens – (Unattached /Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Jason Marshall – (Agen/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
4. Evan Olmstead – (Parramatta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
5. Jamie Cudmore, Captain – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7. Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
8. Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, England
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
11. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
12. Connor Braid – (Unattached/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
13. Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. DTH van der Merwe – (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
15. Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
16. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
17. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON 
18. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
19. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
20. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Ciaran Hearn – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
23. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
 
Fiji’s Roster vs. Canada
 
1. Campese Maafu
2. Sunia Koto
3. Manasa Saulo
4. Leone Nakarawa
5. Apisalome Ratuniyarawa
6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
7. Akapusi Qera (Captain)
8. Sakiusa Masi Matadigo
9. Nikola Matawalu
10. Joshua Matavesi
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Gabirieli Lovobalavu
13. Vereniki Goneva
14. Waisea Nayacalevu
15. Metuisela Talebula
16. Viliame Veikoso
17. Peni Ravai
18. Leeroy Atalifo
19. Tevita Cavubati
20. Netani Talei
21. Nemia Kenatale
22. Ben Volavola
23. Kini MurimurivaluScoring details:Canada:
Tries: DTH Van Der Merwe (2), Conor Trainor
Penalties: Gordon McRorieFiji:
Tries: Waisea Nayacalevu (2), Nikola Matawalu (2), Metuisela Talebula
Conversions: Nemani Nadolo (5)
Penalties: Nemani Nadolo (4)
 
Rugby World Cup Pool Matches:
 
September 19 – Canada vs. Ireland  (Cardiff, Wales)
September 26 – Canada vs. Italy  (Leeds, England)
October 1 – Canada vs. France (Milton Keynes, England)
October 6 – Canada vs. Romania (Leicester, England

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