23 Jul 2011

Sport: Fijians soundly beaten by All Blacks

10:34 am on 23 July 2011

Ill discipline proved costly as the Flying Fijians were soundly beaten 60-14 by the All Blacks in Dunedin last night.

The visitors were on the wrong end of a 14 to 6 penalty count and also conceded a penalty try shortly before full-time.

Vinnie Wylie was at Carisbrook.

"After conceding five cards in their loss to Japan last week Fiji will be pleased they finished the match with 15 players on the field but six penalties inside the first 20 minutes put them on the back foot early. The scrum was a particular area of bother, with numerous collapses and a number of penalties conceded as the new-look Fijian front row was unable to cope with their All Black opposites. But after entering the half-time break trailing 32-0, Fiji returned from the sheds a changed team. They kept the All Blacks scoreless for 23 minutes and scored two tries of their own through Nemia Serelevu and dynamic substitute Vereniki Gonevin. Coach Sam Domoni says conceding 60 points was unacceptable for his team but as his All Blacks opposite Graham Henry put it, they showed enough to indicate they'll be a real handful come the Rugby World Cup."