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Dublin: 9°C Thursday 22 October 2020
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Fiji produced some more offload magic in their hammering of Canada today

They hammered Ireland’s World Cup opponents.

DAY BY DAY, the pool of death is looking even tastier for the neutral.

They may not be challenging for the World Cup, but plenty of people are tipping this Fiji side to cause plenty of problems for Australia, England or Wales in Pool A.

They completed their warm-up campaign this morning with a 47-18 hammering of Ireland’s World Cup opponents Canada at The Stoop, and as usual with the Fijians, they gave the punters value for money.

Chief among them was outgoing Glasgow scrum-half Niko Matawalu, who scored two tries and created another in a blistering first half performance.

His first try owed a lot to poor defence, sniping off the back of a ruck, Canadian flanker Kyle Gilmour missing the tackle.

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He then turned provider, breaking off the back of a scrum and skinning two defenders down the blindside, before offloading outside to Waisea Nayacalevu who cruised in to touch down.

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We then hit peak Fiji, as Matawalu completed his brace.

The scrum half took a poor garryowen, before immediately launching the counter. He then found Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, who popped outside to Vereniki Goneva.

Goneva then took off down the wing with the ball in one hand (because he’s Fijian), and sent it outside to  Gabirieli Lovobalavu. Lovobalavu dummies outside, cuts inside, passes back inside to Goneva, who sends in inside again to Matawalu, who dived over the line.

Magic stuff.

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Matawalu took a knock soon after and sat out the second half. We’re praying it was just precautionary.

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