Fiji turn on the style as Nemani Nadolo hat-trick seals win over Georgia in Autumn Nations Cup epic

Nick Said
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Nemani Nadolo scored three tries to lead Fiji past Georgia in his first match out of retirement (PA)
Nemani Nadolo scored three tries to lead Fiji past Georgia in his first match out of retirement (PA)

Fiji’s powerhouse wing Nemani Nadolo marked his return to international rugby with a hat-trick of tries as they celebrated a late entrance into the Nations Cup with an emphatic 38-24 victory over Georgia at a wet Murrayfield on Saturday.

Fiji forfeited their three pool matches due to coronavirus cases in their squad and took out that pent-up frustration on the Georgians as wing Josua Tuisova, and flanks Johnny Dyer and Mesulame Kunavula, also scored in a six-try romp.

Georgia’s woeful form in the competition continued as they managed to apply some forward muscle for a try by replacement prop Giorgi Melikidze and two from flank Beka Saginadze but otherwise lacked the quality to break Fiji down.

The islanders take seventh place in the competition, despite only playing one match, with their first international win since beating Georgia 45-10 at the Rugby World Cup in October 2019.

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Reuters