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Nadroga Overcome First Hurdle

Nadroga Overcome First Hurdle
Standing front: Khem Swagat with his family and staff at the opening Swagat restaurant at Flagstaff Plaza on November 19, 2018. Photo: Maraia Vula
September 02
22:03 2014

Champions BLK Nadroga side successfully defended their first HFC Bank Farebrother challenge last Saturday as they defeated the Tacirua Transport Naitasiri side.

Naitasiri two weeks ago in their Skipper Cup final encounter, went down heavily to Nadroga by 50 points to 7. Last week’s encounter saw a different side as the team came better prepared to take on the champs.

Naitasiri played a more structural game and built pressure throughout which denied Nadroga the type of open play they are known for. In the first half BLK Nadroga opened up with a try which exposed some loose defence from the Naitasiri side.

Naitasiri then came back building pressure on Nadroga which saw them capitalising on opportunities within Nadroga’s half. Naitasiri continued with added pressure which saw them take the lead 13 points to 10 in the first half of the game.

Like true champs, the BLK Nadroga side stuck to their game plan and continued to play their 80 minute rugby which saw Naitasiri drop their guard allowing Nadroga run in two more tries and a penalty conversion.

Naitasiri fell short at the end of the match running in a converted try which saw BLK Nadroga winning the challenge by 25 points to 20.

Apart from lifting the trophy again, champions BLK Nadroga was award $ 5, 000 dollars in prize money by HFC Bank general manager HR and marketing Mrs. Rosie Fong.

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