Fiji sizzlers too hot for North

Top level rugby is still going strong at the club in South Sound and on Saturday the Southern Hemisphere took the second Test in convincing fashion with a 27-17 win over their Northern Hemisphere counterparts.

The South, with the help of two surplus Northern Hemisphere front row forwards, Clive Monteith of Guyana and Alain Forget of Canada and the ever dangerous Fijians, Vanassio Tokotokovanua, Severi and Ratu managed the win after a topsy-turvy first half which saw the South open the scoring after 15 minutes of hard hitting action.

The North, who arrived at the game with surplus numbers, were constantly troubled by the South in the scrums thanks in no small part to the efforts of Ben McDonald of Australia and Andre Ormond of South Africa but the North were able to counteract the dominance of one set piece with deft lineout work and with the continual infringement of Macdonald Machingura of Zimbabwe at the breakdown the North were able to kick for territory repeatedly.

The North backline had their work cut out for them containing the South in defence but on attack the North looked sluggish barring the sniping runs of Keswick Wright of the Cayman Islands and Scotty Forrest of Canada who were both able to put points on the board for the North.

With the North looking to take the final test and end the series with a draw, thereby retaining the Challenge Cup it all boils down to one final battle on Saturday at 4pm on the South Sound Rugby Pitch.

The North are looking forward to the return of local rugby and West Indies 7s star Josh Clarke who will help bolster the North pack.

Meanwhile, the South, are likely go with an unchanged team and as always look to the talent of their Fijians to create scoring opportunities.

It will be a case of if the home grown rugby talent can rise to the occasion to contain the Southern speedsters and create scoring opportunities of their own in what promises to be an exciting and bruising end to the official start of the domestic rugby 15s season.