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Hend grabs share of the lead at Natadola Bay

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Scott Hend produced a sensational second round 66 to take a share of the lead at the Fiji International. The two-time European Tour winner carded an eagle, five birdies and a single bogey on Friday to join first-round leader Daniel Pearce of New Zealand, Malaysia’s Gavin Green and fellow Australian Jason Norris at the summit on seven under par.

Australian trio Adam Bland, Peter Wilson and David McKenzie are another two shots back in a tie for fifth. 

Hend shared after his round, "I just tried to play stress free golf in the wind. I missed a lot of putts but I still walked off the golf course at six under (for the day) and in a good position at the halfway mark. Now everyone has the same tee times that are on the same score.

"I think we got a little bit of a rub the wrong way with the green out here with the way the conditions were yesterday morning and this afternoon but now I am right there with the boys that played on the other side of the draw and we will see what happens tomorrow.

"It is very hard to judge, especially seaside winds are really heavy so if you are a little bit protected and you hit your shot out into the wind you’re not sure if it is going to get smashed or its going to cut through the breeze so you need to be a little on the cautious side. If you come up short, you come up short rather than just blazing away over the back."

Early starter Pearce followed up Thursday's 66 with a battling 71 at Natadola Bay to head into the clubhouse with a two-stroke lead, but his advantage was soon wiped out by Hend. The 44 year old began the day five shots off the lead but made a dream start to his second round, holing a monster eagle putt at the first before making birdies at the fourth, sixth and ninth to reach the turn in 31.

New Zealand’s Harry Bateman made the 28th hole-in-one of the European Tour season at the 142-yard 15th on his way to producing a sparkling 66 which leaves him amongst four players who are three shots behind the co-leaders.

Major winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina is one of seven players one further back at three under par, meanwhile home favourite Vijay Singh added a level-par 72 to Thursday's opening 71 to remain at one under and safely make the cut.

Round two scores

137 J Norris (Aus) 69 68, G Green  (Mas) 68 69, S Hend (Aus) 71 66, D Pearce (Nzl) 66 71,

139 D McKenzie (Aus) 68 71, A Bland (Aus) 68 71, P Wilson (Aus) 68 71,

140 W Ormsby (Aus) 69 71, C Gaunt (Aus) 70 70, S Leaney (Aus) 71 69, H Bateman (Nzl) 74 66,

141 J Scrivener (Aus) 70 71, S Vincent (Zim) 73 68, J Marchesani (Aus) 71 70, A Cabrera (Arg) 72 69, M Sim  (Aus) 69 72, D Jordan (Aus) 72 69, R Gangjee (Ind) 69 72,

142 D Valente (Aus) 67 75, J Nitties (Aus) 72 70, T Sinnott (Aus) 70 72, A Hall (Aus) 70 72, G Paddison (Nzl) 73 69, A Dodt (Aus) 71 71, A Blyth (Aus) 73 69, J Felton  (Aus) 71 71, J McLeod (Aus) 72 70,

143 D Brandt-Richards (Aus) 69 74, V Singh (Fij) 71 72, P Cooke (Aus) 71 72, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 70 73, D Papadatos (Aus) 72 71, T Macdonald (Aus) 70 73, M Weir (Can) 72 71, K Muir (Nzl) 72 71, D Bransdon (Aus) 70 73,

144 L Weber (Fra) 75 69, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 72 72, R Lee (Can) 70 74, A Martin  (Aus) 74 70, S Lee (Fij) 78 66, S Takeyasu (Jpn) 72 72, A Townsend (Aus) 75 69, D Lawson (Aus) 72 72, D Fox (Aus) 74 70, T Chuayprakong (Tha) 72 72, N Green (Aus) 72 72, M Giles (Aus) 73 71,

145 H Chien-Yao (Tpe) 71 74, P Saksansin (Tha) 75 70, J Geary  (Nzl) 72 73, B Rumford (Aus) 73 72, C O'Reilly (Aus) 76 69, J Cabban (Aus) 75 70, J Kruger (RSA) 72 73, D Nisbet  (Aus) 74 71, M Guyatt (Aus) 72 73,

146 J Wang (Kor) 72 74, C O'Toole (USA) 76 70, M Long (Nzl) 77 69, S Dartnall (Aus) 74 72, M Stieger (Aus) 71 75, T Hart (Aus) 75 71, L Wilson (Aus) 73 73, S Sharma (Ind) 75 71, J Janewattananond (Tha) 74 72, R Fox (Nzl) 73 73, B Campbell (Nzl) 67 79, M Brown (Nzl) 75 71, A Quayle (Aus) 70 76, A Price (Aus) 72 74,

147 A Connelly (Can) 69 78, M Hendry (Nzl) 74 73, J Munro (Aus) 76 71, Y Chang (Kor) 74 73, L Wei-Chih (Tpe) 73 74, M Brown (Aus) 76 71, D Chand (Fij) 73 74, M Wright (Aus) 73 74, M Millar (Aus) 74 73, A Da Silva (Bra) 75 72, B Jones (Aus) 72 75,

148 S Chien (USA) 74 74, J Zunic (Aus) 73 75, B Proverbs (Aus) 77 71, L Yan-Wei (Chn) 70 78, M McCardle (Aus) 74 74,

149 A Burdett (Aus) 78 71, D Boonma (Tha) 73 76, G Drakeford (Aus) 76 73, R Kulacz (Aus) 76 73, J Wilson (Aus) 75 74, B Rankin (Aus) 74 75, S Rahman (Ban) 77 72,

150 N Basic (Aus) 78 72, C Crawford (Aus) 78 72, M Mamat (Sin) 74 76, A Evans (Aus) 73 77, C Wood (Aus) 74 76, S Jeffress (Aus) 75 75, N Srithong (Tha) 75 75, D Beck (Aus) 76 74, S Lee (Kor) 80 70, R Bourke (Aus) 74 76, P Lonard (Aus) 73 77, K Mueck (Aus) 78 72,

151 C S (Ind) 74 77, B Shilton (Nzl) 77 74, T Moses (Aus) 76 75, L Tighe (Aus) 77 74,

152 R Haller (Aus) 78 74, T Tuivuna (Fij) 74 78, T Power Horan (Aus) 79 73, M Choi (Aus) 76 76, L Herbert (Aus) 72 80, B Moules (Aus) 73 79,

153 J Higginbottom (Aus) 76 77, J Younger (Aus) 78 75, D Klein  (Ger) 77 76, R Wannasrichan (Tha) 75 78, D Smail (Nzl) 77 76, A Murdaca (Aus) 77 76, A Hussain (am) (Fij) 82 71,

154 R McCarthy (Aus) 82 72, Z Ahmad (Fij) 80 74,

155 A Wilkin (Aus) 78 77, J Veerman (USA) 78 77, P Swangarunporn (Tha) 75 80,

156 P Pittayarat (Tha) 77 79,

157 S Kooratanapisan (Tha) 76 81,

158 D Sahl (Can) 77 81,

181 A Koroicure (Fij) 92 89