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Divisional XV go down to Air Pacific Warriors

NZPA     30 Oct 2005    

He scored the New Zealand Divisional XV's only try but the touring side lost 11-24 to the Pacific Warriors at Nadi's Prince Charles Park on Saturday.

His Counties Manukau teammate Tim Manawatu kicked two penalties.

The Fijians led 10-8 at halftime in torrential rain which turned the usually rock-hard ground muddy.

But the Fijians scored 14 more points in the second half to give the touring side a first-up defeat.

The New Zealand Divisional XV will play the Fiji national side on Wednesday in their only other match on tour.

Hawke's Bay's Tafai Ioasa, playing openside flanker today, has a back injury and is doubtful for Wednesday's game.

Winger Masaga, 19, was selected in the touring side last week and just after being named in the Chiefs' Rebel Sport Super 14 squad, was named in the starting team for the Divisional XV's opening match in Fiji.

Pacific Warriors 24, NZ Divisional 15 11 (Lelia Masaga try; Tim Manawatu 2 pen). Halftime: 10-8.