Baa-Baas outclass Fiji at Twickenham
November 30, 2013
Charles Piutau of the Barbarians takes on the Fiji defence
© Getty Images
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.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
The Scotland coach enters his first Six Nations with at least one familiar face to look to for inspiration - Joe Schmidt. He chats to Tom Hamilton
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton