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Nadi Wallops Tailevu

Nadi Wallops Tailevu
Jack’s Nadi’s Kelepi Keteromo falls short of scoring against Tailevu during the Skipper Cup at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci
May 24
09:08 2015

What happened: Jack’s Nadi won the first round of the  2015 Skipper Cup competition after defeating Tebara Bus Tailevu 32-12 at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday.

Nadi started their game well with their experienced forward pack led by former national rep Kelepi Ketedromo scoring the first try in the  first minute through fullback Setareki Tuicuvu, who  also made the conversion.

Tailevu playing without a head coach regrouped and scored in the 14th minute to Delai Tamanitokula. The try under the posts was converted by Maika  Baleinaloto.

The jetsetters’ backline penetrated the Tailevu defence in the 26th minute for their second try which was converted by Tuicuvu.

Nadi maintained cool and played a gutsy performance in the remaining 14 minutes against the host and led 14-7 at halftime.

The visitors lifted intensity in the second half as they were able to counter the opponents in all phases. This allowed Tuicuvi kicking a penalty in the 43rd minute. In the 49th outran the Tailevu defence their third.

Nadi continued dominance and scored their fourth try in the 63rd minute which saw Lote Nasiga running straight at the Tailevu defence and scored under the post. Tuicuvu kicked the conversion.

Tailevu winger Josua Vici had the final say in the final 80th minute of play after scoring their final try. Fulltime:  Nadi 32-12 Tailevu

Big play:

Nadi backline proved themselves and were too strong for the Tailevu defenders to handle.

Star turn:

Malolo, Nadi man Setareki Tuicuvu was player of the match for the Nadi side as he contributed 22 points with his two tries, three conversions and two penalties.

Comments: Nadi head coach Usaia Koroivunai said: We prepared well and most of our U19 players were part of the team and they really played well especially in our set pieces area.

“But we still need to work on some areas of the game.”

Tailevu manager Sakiasi Salababa said: “Our players gave the game away and they did not play according to our game plan, our defence was weak,

“Hopefully we work on those weak areas in the next round.

“Right now we have advertised for the head coach position and now we have co-coaches with the team of Jone Kaila and Paula Tabaki helping the team.”




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