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From Fiji Times Online (10 July 2011)

Ravai Fatiaki stakes his claim

by Emoni Narawa

Fatiaki scored his first try for Fiji in the five-try humiliation of Samoa.

The Rotuma lad was criticised by a prominent radio commentator following his selection into the Flying Fijians team.

However assistant coach Shannon Fraser praised the 24-year-old centre for his aggressive defensive game.

"I think Ravai in the midfield did a lot of work. He was very, very good in the midfield. He defended very well and did not shy away from contact."

Fraser said Fatiaki had limited exposure but showed his calibre of contesting the inside centre position with the likes of Seru Rabeni, Seremaia Bai and Gabriel Lovobalavu for a spot at the Rugby World Cup.

"He (Fatiaki) has a very bright future. Ravai is a talented player, he's got strong component to both his attacks and defence and he is extremely coachable so I think he has got a very, very big future," Fraser said.

"Given his limited experience I though he was exceptional."

Fatiaki combined well with Racing Metro outside centre Albert Vulivuli who had a quite game. Wingers Ilikena Bolakoro and Vereniki Goneva produced the expected goods while Leone Nakarawa, Taleimaitoga Tuapati and Rupeni Nasiga stood out in the win.

"I think all players did their part on the field as required. We got areas we need to work on but I think all players have the component to step up to the next level," Fraser said.

Fiji plays Japan in the last round next week.

Ravai scoring

Ravai Fatiaki barges his way over the Samoan tryline

Picture: Jone Luvenitoga