Cape Town - The
Barbarians rounded off their 2016 tour in style with a 40-7 victory over Fiji
the space of seven days, the famous invitation club drew 31-31 with South Africa, beat the Czech Republic 71-0 in Prague and then claimed the scalp
of the Fijians who were warming up to face England at Twickenham.
treacherous conditions made it hard for both sides to play fluently, but the BaaBaas still scored six tries with Lions hooker Akker van der Merwe striking
twice and the others coming from Highlanders wing Matt Faddes, scrumhalf Andy
Ellis (Crusaders), replacement flyhalf Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders) and
Luke Morahan (Force) with man-of-the-match Robert du Preez (Stormers) adding
struggled throughout a rain-soaked first half before sparking themselves
briefly into life after the break with Waisea Nayacalevu touching down and
Nemani Nadolo converting.
Barbarians made a dramatic and coherent start, squeezing Fiji into errors and
scoring twice inside the first six minutes.
der Merwe got his first when they drove over from a close-range lineout inside
120 seconds, then Ben Volavola’s clearance was charged down by Jordan Taufua
and the ball regathered for Faddes to strike. Du Preez converted both, the
latter with a drop goal from the touchline.
der Merwe got his second after 17 minutes, this time after a stampeding run
from Taqele Naiyaravoro up the right, and World Cup winner Ellis sniped off the
side of a ruck midway through the half for the fourth try.
two du Preez conversions put the Barbarians 28-0 up but Fiji came back into an
increasingly scrappy game after the interval after replacing flyhalf Ben
Volavola with Nemia Kenatale.
Islanders got on the board in the 54th minute, turning the ball over 30 metres
out and attacking with Akapusi Qera’s carry setting up Nayacalevu to score in
had chances after that but the Barbarians cantered home in the final 10
minutes, replacement flyhalf Mo’unga getting over from close range and Morahan
sliding in to touch down a well-weighted chip through the Fijian
Retiring Lions lock Martin Muller was handed the final conversion
shot and missed by some distance.
Tries: Van der Merwe (2), Faddes, Ellis, Mo’unga, Morahan
Conversions: Du Preez (5)