Fiji celebrated their Centenary playing a match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on 30th November. The Baa-Baas selected a heavyweight combination of All Blacks and Springboks presenting a daunting task to the Island State in terms of the outcome and the way we all like the Fijians to play their rugby.
Two Army players, flying winger Sammy Speight (RA) and back row Maku Koroiyadi (RE) were selected for Fiji.
The last time Sammy faced the Baa-Baas he scored three tries but this was a different kettle of fish in that he was up against the Blues and All Blacks wing Charles Piutau. He shackled Piutau for 60 minutes and then dislocated his shoulder in a race for the ball—which he won. He had one glorious chance of ‘going –over’ but his centre fluffed an easy pass and a try went begging.
Maku, whose club was listed in the programme as ‘Royal Engineers’ played for 20 minutes, had one good bosh and was always on hand to assist the defence — which was usually – and the final Fiji try. Battered at the end he remained full of the joys of pulling on the shirt.
The Baa-Baas outscored Fiji by 7 tries to 2, their big boys played a really big boys game and much of the contest was one sided but the Islanders stuck to their guns. Two internationals in the same game—well done indeed.