Baa-Baas outclass Fiji at Twickenham
November 30, 2013
Charles Piutau of the Barbarians takes on the Fiji defence
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The Barbarians ran in seven tries as they overshadowed Fiji's centenary celebrations with an entertaining 43-19 victory at Twickenham.
After conceding an early try to Fijian outside centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Bismarck Du Plessis led a bullish Barbarian blitz with two first-half tries to put the invitational side in control at Twickenham. Fiji could never match the Baa-Baa's power and pace and were forced to celebrate their centenary without a host of top players from French and British clubs, and that left the Pacific Islanders frustratingly undercooked.
The Barbarians, coached by All Blacks boss Steve Hansen, led 17-7 at the interval, and quickly improved their advantage after the restart. New Zealand wing Charles Piutau produced a smart sidestep to race in, with captain Jean de Villiers following suit shortly afterwards.
New Zealander Tom Taylor added another Barbarians score, before scrum-half Henry Seniloli claimed Fiji's second try. And Barbarians skipper De Villiers bagged his second try as time played out to round off a comprehensive display for the touring team.
Wing Alexander Rokobaro raced in at the death for a Fiji consolation after a good midfield break from Seniloli but it was too little too late.
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