WATCH: Fiji score a STUPENDOUS length of the pitch try against Samoa

Fiji winger Selestino Ravutaumada scores a length of the field try against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup Credit: Alamy

Fiji winger Selestino Ravutaumada scores a length of the field try against Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup Credit: Alamy

The Fijians never fail to impress, and on Saturday, they secured a 33-19 victory over Samoa in Apia, scoring a stunning length of the pitch try.

The result means that Fiji have claimed back-to-back wins in the opening two games of the year despite Simon Raiwalui naming a vastly changed side from the matchday squad that defeated Tonga 36-20.

Raiwalui took over the reins at Fiji at the start of the year after Vern Cotter resigned from the job, and the Fijian has quickly made his mark on the team.

The Fijian pack got to work early on in the encounter, with hooker Tevita Ikanivere scoring twice in the first half with Iosefo Masi grabbing a debut day try in between the front-rower’s two scores.

Former Wallaby pivot Christian Leali’ifano hit back with a try of his on the 20-minute mark, but Fiji were swift in their response with a penalty from Caleb Muntz, with the length of the field score following soon after.

Fiji score a stunner

Winger Kalaveti Ravouvou kickstarted the play when he scooped up a loose ball a few metres from his own try line.

Some neat footwork from the winger saw him gain some ground and beat the first defender as he powered through the second attempted tackle.

He offloaded to full-back Illaisa Droasese who sprinted out of the 22 and drew in the covering Samoan defence before freeing up speedster Selestino Ravutaumada, who still had 60 metres to go to score.

He shifted gears and outpaced Samoan winger Nigel Ah Wong to the line as he dived over for his side’s fourth try.

That score put Fiji up 27-5 in Apia, and the visitors would extend that lead to 30-5 with one more penalty from Muntz before the break.

Fiji kickstart the year with back-to-back wins

Samoa looked far more threatening in the second half, with winger Tumua Manu and number eight Fritz Lee dotting down for the hosts, but the damage was done in the first half as Fiji sealed the 33-19 win.

It’s a significant result for Raiwalui in just his second game in charge of the Pacific Islanders.

The former second-rower made wholesale changes to the side to face Samoa after defeating Tonga 36-20.

He handed debuts to starting flankers Meli Derenalagi, Vilive Miramira, and centre Masi with a further debut for forward Joseva Tamani off the bench.

Semi Radradra also captained the side from inside centre with usual skipper Waisea Nayacalevu rested.

The Fijians next face Japan in the final round of the Pacific Nations Cup and are one win away from securing the title.

They follow that up with their first Rugby World Cup warm-up match against France before tackling England at Twickenham on August 26.

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