30-04-2023 Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS Podcast, S05E28 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby



Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 28 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika Peoples sports on a bright and sunny Sunday morning 30 April 2023.

Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 28 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika Peoples sports on a bright and sunny Sunday morning 30 April 2023.

Coming to you from paradise, on the 180th meridian in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

In rugby union

Led around the park by the astute boot of Beauden Barratt, the Blues won easily 30-14 against a lackluster Fijian Drua side in Lautoka yesterday.

However, trailing at 14-30 in the second half, the Fijian Drua scored a spectacular try from a counter-attack started inside their 22M red zone, but which was called back by the assistant referee for a forward pass.

I watched that passage of play several times in slomo and for the life of me cannot see that forward pass – in fact I would say that the Fijian Drua players were simply too fast in their running and inter-passing for the match officials, especially that touch judge.

Meanwhile in the big clash of the Kiwi champions in Hamilton, the Chiefs 34-24 Crusaders, Rebels 43-33 Moana Pasifika and Queensland 31-17 Force.

In Stellenbosch, South Africa the Women’s and Men’s semi-finals have been confirmed after a scintillating Day Two at the World Rugby 7s Challenger Series 2023.

The Women’s semi-finals sees Belgium vs China, and Czechia vs South Africa, while in the Men’s semi-finals: Germany take on Tonga and Belgium play Chile tonight.

The winner of this two-rounds Women’s comp based on aggregate points will secure entry to the HSBC 7s World Series 2024.

Likewise for the Men, the competition winner based on aggregate points following this second tournament will enter a four-team play-off at the HSBC London 7s in late May with the winner achieving that coveted HSBC 7s World Series 2024 status.

In rugby league

The Wests Tigers have produced the upset of the season stunning reigning NRL premiers the Penrith Panthers 8-12 in Bathurst last night.

The incredible win was the Tigers’ first of the season and ended a 12-game losing streak that stretched back 273 days.

It was built on the back of Tigers halfback Luke Brooks’ best performance in years – booting 40-20s either side of halftime which both lead to tries.

The Dolphins once again gave away their opposition too much of a first half lead, with the Canberra Raiders scoring 18 unanswered points in the first 22 minutes of the game.

While the Dolphins beat the Titans after trailing 26-0 at halftime last weekend, they couldn’t get the job done against Ricky Stuart’s men yesterday going down 30-31 in golden point time.

Jack Wighton was in tears at full-time of the Raiders’ thrilling 31-30 golden point win over the Dolphins in Wagga Wagga yesterday.

Wighton has endured an emotional week after telling teammates he was leaving at the end of the season after 14 years to join South Sydney.

The Canberra star’s decision was heavily scrutinised and for which he copped racist abuse on social media – nothing changes.

In football

Former Paris Saint Germain and Tottenham Manager, Mauricio Pochettino is very close to taking charge at Chelsea, who crashed to a fifth straight loss under Frank Lampard’s second spell as their boss, this time to their west London neighbours Brentford 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in their worst run since 1993.

And in SportsBiz

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese announced yesterday that his federal government would pledge A$240Million towards building a new A$715M multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point, Tasmania.

The Tasmanian State government will cover half of the cost, with the AFL contributing A$15M and the state government also borrowing A$85M to make it happen.

And in boxing

Heavyweight boxing superstar Tyson Fury could be headed Down Under in May as close friend Kiwi-Samoan, Joseph Parker looks to headline a massive Melbourne fight card on 24 May that also boasts Nikita Tszyu and the professional heavyweight debut of AFL great Cameron Mooney.

Former WBO World Heavyweight Champion, Parker a long-time training partner of Fury, is a chance of having the reigning WBC King ringside as he faces Queenslander Faiga ‘Django’ Opelu for the Commonwealth Heavyweight title.

Django the Queenslander sounds Tongan to me!

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