Sunia Turuva

Late Turuva try sees Fiji down brave Cook Islands

Down 18-16 with six minutes to play, the 2023 Dally M Rookie of the Year did it all himself, darting and weaving his way through Cook Island defenders to keep his side’s Pacific Championships finals hopes alive.

An upset was looming at Santos National Football Stadium with Esan Marsters dominating in attack for the Cook Islands but the star-studded Fiji team proved too strong in the end with NRL players Maika Sivo, Jahream Bula, Waqa Blake and Turuva all crossing for the new-look Bati side.