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Namosi Win At Home

Namosi Win At Home
Masi Vosa of Lautoka attacks against Namosi in the first round of the Skipper Cup competition at Thomson Park yesterday. Namosi won 17-10. Photo: Rama
May 24
09:13 2015

Good start for Namosi as they won their first game of the 2015 Skipper Cup tournament beating Lautoka 17-10 at Thomson Park in Navua yesterday.

The host made a good start taking a grip of the game in the first 15 minutes.

This is after a pick and drive from Namosi’s scrum-half Etuate Nete, who took them just metres from the tryline. Ball handling error from Sakeasi Kakaivalu cost them the opportunity for a try.  Basic mistakes by Namosi gave Lautoka’s Apenisa Nasilasila a chance to put points on the scoreboard which he did for the Maroons to lead, 3-0. In the 33rd minute  a perfect off load from Namosi’s Rauto Aliposo to hooker Lasaro Saqavere who scored the first try of the game. Aporosa Cavidi failed with the conversion. Namosi 5-3 Lautoka.

Half-time: Namosi 5-3 Lautoka

Namosi continued to dominate in the second spell.  Jeremaia Masiki set up Viliame Ragose to score their second try in the 47th minute. Cavidi again missed to convert.

A perfect lineout from Lautoka’s Viliame Nabiau in the 50th minute gave Timoci Vuadreu a chance to pick and drive but the Namosi defence was too strong as they held him up forcing a turnover. Luck turned in Lautoka’s favour in the 69th minute with a try from Nabiau and a conversion by Lepani Seduadua to tie the score, 10-10. Namosi replied six minutes later with a try from captain Rusiate Tadulala and successful conversion gave Namosi the final say winning 17-10.

Star turn: Rusiate Tadulala running through the defence and scoring under the post.

Big play: Lautoka’s hooker Viliame Nabiau making use of the opening in the Namosi defence to score a try in the second half.

Comments:

Lautoka coach Ifereimi Rawaqa: “Even though we lost, overall I was pleased with our defence. There are some basic areas we need to improve on but the boys did well. I am impressed with the way they played especially since most of them are new to this level of rugby. Tough learning but they handled themselves well under pressure.”

Namosi assistant coach Digitaki Levaci: “Though we won, the boys did not stick to the game plan and we were not quite settled. I think two or three more games and we will settle in nicely. Good start to the Skipper Cup having a win but we will need to work on more areas of our game.”

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