Vannes - Fiji held off a spirited USA fightback to end their November tour to
Europe on a winning note with a 20-14 success in Vannes, France on
First half tries from Montpellier fullback Timoci
Nagusa and wing Watisoni Votu, who also plys his club trade in France at
second division Perpignan, helped the Pacific Islanders to a 15-0
half-time lead as Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders knocked over a conversion
and a penalty.
Centre Seamus Kelly crossed the whitewash for USA
early in the second period to begin the fightback, with fullback Ronnie
McLean, of English third tier side Ealing Trailfinders, converting.
second try pushed Fiji's lead out again but Takudzwa Ngwenya, who plays
for Biarritz in the French second division, scored the Americans'
second try, McLean again converting.
Although there were still 20 minutes remaining, the US failed to find a match-winning converted try.
It meant Fiji finished with a win following losses to France (40-15) and Wales (17-13) already on their tour.
US played four November internationals, beating Romania 27-17 in
Bucharest but losing 40-12 to Tonga at Gloucester, England, and
beginning the month with a 74-6 humbling by the All Blacks in Chicago.
Tries: Timoci Nagusa, Watisoni Votu (2)
Conversion: Nemani Nadolo
Tries: Seamus Kelly, Taku Ngwenya
Conversions: Ronnie McLean (2)