Flying fijian Semi Radradra has shown the world ‘he has game’ and showed a skillset that ignored the conditions, to lead all statistics in a fine display.
The above highlights package shows footage of the utility back at his finest. Given license to run hard at the Georgian team – from numbers 1 to 15. The power and finesses he and his teammates displayed, saw a 45-10 result.
Not a one man show but, statistics proved that Semi Radradra proved to his doubters that when ‘he got Game’ there are few who can equal the steamrolling, 105kg superstar.
— FOX SPORTS Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) October 3, 2019
Even while the code-hopping player has many fans, the world’s biggest stage is where player’s like Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana, and many of the Legends of the sport. Now Semi Radradra can demonstrate that his name can sit beside those trendsetters.
Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova: two-man wrecking crew
Alongside Rdradra, is the super talented Josua Tuisova. Another talented outside back, one with credentials in rugby union and sevens rugby. This means he is as much of a threat with ball in hand. From the back of the field, they are a two-man wrecking crew.
If you were building the perfect rugby player, Semi Radradra would be a pretty good blueprint 💪✨
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Tuisova, a star on the World Rugby Sevens Series, can now display his alround football talent. He played beside Radradra for Toulon, and then for the Barbarians XV in May 2018, before returning to the rugby sevens field again.
The ability for the Fijian players to switch from XV’s to sevens is a blessing. It can enable for an explosion and match-breaking ability. The fend of Tuisova was felt by Wallaby James O’Connor (see below) and the sidestep is also a reflection of the style that excites fans all around the rugby-World.
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More than just a two-man wrecking crew, add to that talent pool; Vereniki Goneva, Josh Matavesi, Viliame Mata, and Leone Nakarawa. Having players like this, makes the Fijian team a considerable threat, when they are on song.
“Very pleasing today, that was a great effort from the boys,” said Fiji’s coach, John McKee. “A real arm wrestle for the first 45 or 50 minutes but to come home so strong and score some really good tries, really pleasing. It’s great to see us scoring some tries out wide and showing our talents to the world.”
And this result and individual performances also showed how the South Seas nations team could rebound so well, from earlier Rugby World Cup disappointment.
Fiji RWC results: One win, Two losses
To an extent, the Fiji RWC results so far have not been positive. The Australia opening fixture was a match that saw the Pacifica team put on a fine display. However, they kicked poorly and the more polished Wallabies team were superior tactically.
— Twitter Moments Australia (@MomentsAU) September 21, 2019
Acknowledging the challenge set down by Fiji, within Pool D. Uruguay soon quelled the Fijian goal of qualifying for the knockout stages. In an upset result, Los Teros overcame the highly fancied Fijians 27-30. It has put a brake on high-hopes of earning multiple victories at the World Cup.
Now, the Fijian team must prepare to face Wales.
Fiji rely on a mix of individuals and team-play which will be tested. And even with the terrific input of star names like Semi Radradra, Tuisova, Goneva or Nakarawa, the group will need an organized attack, to break through the toughest defence at this tournament.
Yet, in terms of the entertainment nature of a pinnacle event; where the game is being marketed worldwide, Semi Radradra is at the forefront. He stands beside Beauden Barrett, George North, Jacob Stockdale, and Kotaro Matasushima. By the conclusion of this World Cup, in stats and in the highlights package, undoubtedly, the flying Fijian will be displayed as one of the stars of the game.
Fans, and Last Word on Rugby, look forward to enjoying Radradra turn on his game, vs Wales on October 9 at Oita Stadium.
Video courtesy of the World Rugby YouTube channel.