6 Jun 2013

Sport: Poor discipline costs Fiji at Junior World Rugby Champs

8:45 am on 6 June 2013

The Fiji Under 20 rugby team had two players sent off and a further three sent to the sin bin as they were thumped 59-6 by New Zealand in their opening match at the Junior World Championship.

Fiji were behind in the match after just 20 seconds, when New Zealand captain Ardie Savea ripped the ball in contact and ran away to score.

Second five Sevanaia Galana was sent off thirty minutes into the match for a tip tackle, with midfield partner Nasani Kunavare joining him a few mintues before halftime after being shown a yellow card.

Five minutes after halftime, prop Sunia Tamani and winger Timilai Rokoduru were sent to the sin bin for a swinging arm and late tackle respectively, reducing Fiji to 11 players on the field.

Th replacement lock Viliame Rarasea became the second Fiji player to be shown a red card for a high tackle midway through the second half.

Earlier on Thursday, the Samoa were thumped 42-3 by Wales in their opening match.