Fiji 58-14 Lebanon

Saturday 22nd June 2019, 14:00pm

Leichardt Oval, Sydney, Australia
International Test Match

Fiji Scorers

Tries

Tui Kamikamica 7' Suliasi Vunivalu 15' Maika Sivo 18' Viliame Kikau 22' Brandon Wakeham 25' Suliasi Vunivalu 31' Maika Sivo 42' Joe Lovodua 68' Jayson Bukuya 74' Jayson Bukuya 79'

Goals

Brandon Wakeham (8) Junior Roqica (1)

Lebanon Scorers

Tries

Michael Lichaa 37' Abbas Miski 54' Abbas Miski 63'

Goals

Bilal Maarbani (1)

Match Report

Maika Sivo and Suliasi Vunivalu scored entertaining doubles as Fiji Bati cruised to a 58-14 thrashing of Lebanon at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.

After a week of turmoil between the playing group and the Lebanese Rugby League Federation, the Cedars had no answers for a dominant Fijian side that produced six first half tries in a 24-minute blitz.

Two tries to Vunivalu and a four-pointer to rampaging forward Viliame Kikau set up the win with a 34-4 lead at halftime.

Melbourne Storm prop Tui Kamikamica took just seven minutes to charge his way over the line leaving three Cedars defenders in his wake.

The Bati side were over for their second of the night nine minutes later when Brandon Wakeham delivered a crisp pass for Vunivalu to dive over in the corner.

Sivo had a night to remember in his maiden Test appearance with the Fijian flyer acrobatically collecting a Siti Moceidreke cross-field kick to plant the ball down for the first international try of his career.

Fiji Bati were over again four minutes later with Viliame Kikau tippy-toeing his way to avoid the sideline down one end to then using some late footwork to dive over untouched.

The scoreboard continued to keep up with the clock when Joe Lovodua split through the middle to find Wakeham in support for a dominant 28-0 lead.

 

Points continued to flow as Vunivalu dived over for a double despite a hint of double movement.

Lebanon finally crossed in the 38th minute with Canterbury hooker Michael Lichaa burrowing his way over the line from close range to get the Cedars on the board. 

Lebanon's start in the second half started just as shaky as the first with Robbie Farah shanking a long-range kick to send it into the stands.

A hard-running Sivo grabbed a double in the ensuing set with the Fijian winger bulldozing Ahmad Ellaz to charge over the line.

The Cedars jagged a try back in the 54th minute with Manly winger Abbas Miski finishing off a well-placed Farah grubber to leap high and wrestle Marcelo Montoya to plant the ball down.