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Nadroga Too Strong

Nadroga Too Strong
Nadroga’s Sailosi Rabonaqica on the attack against Vatukoula during the Skipper Cup at Lawaqa Park yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci
May 31
09:44 2015

What happened?

BLK Nadroga finally got the win that they needed as they thrashed Vatukoula 60-0 in the second round of the 2015 Skipper Cup at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

It was a hard-hitting match at the start as Nadroga wasted no time as they attacked the Vatukoula defence. Early mistakes by Vatukoula led to a penalty in the fourth minute, but Josese Kurokavu missed the opportunity to put Nadroga in the lead. Four minutes later, Aporosa Tabulawaki of Nadroga scored a beautiful try from a scrum, Kurokavu missed the conversion leaving the scores at 5-0.

Vatukoula struggled to keep up with Nadroga’s quick passing skills, allowing them to camp in their half. Nadroga continued to dominate and put pressure, which paid off as lock Sailosi Dawai scored another try with Kurokavu missing his second conversion, 10-0. In the 27th minute, Nadroga’s Tuiba Batiratu blocked a kick from Vatukoula full back Emosi Ratu to score the second try of the game, 17-0. With Vatukoula finding it difficult to settle in, Nadroga took advantage in applying pressure forcing them to make mistakes and getting a penalty kick which was successfully converted by Kurokavu, 20-0. Another try by Aca Simolo just before time extended Nadroga’s lead to 27-0.

Half time: BLK Nadroga 27-0 Vatukoula

Vatukoula managed to settle down in the second spell as they tried their best to apply pressure. With gaps in the Vatukoula defence, Nadroga’s Sailosi Dawai took advantage and scored his second try with Iliesa Habosi kicking a successful conversion, 34-0. Nadroga did not stop there as Mitieli Nacagilevu scored another try three minutes later and converted his own try, 41-0. Vatukoula had opportunities to make a breakthrough but simple ball handling errors and Nadroga’s solid defence kept them at bay. Nadroga continued to play impressive rugby with another breakthrough by Aporosa Tabulawaki fanning of defenders and off loading the ball to Habosi who made a brilliant try, 48-0. In the 66th minute, Dawai scored his hat-trick with a try from a pick and drive to extend Nadroga’s lead even further, 55-0. One minute later, Peni Naulago followed suit scoring yet another try from the sideline, failed conversion by Nacagilevu left the score at 60-0 which was a very convincing win for them.

Star turn

Following Nadroga’s loss to Naitasiri the players really made a huge turnaround to win 60-0

Big Play

Nadroga players making a statement in their quest to defend the Skipper Cup.

Comments:

Vatukoula interim coach Maleli Savai, “We expected this kind of performance from Nadroga. After their loss last week, we knew they would come out fighting in their second game and that is exactly what they did.”

BLK Nadroga assistant coach Ratu Vula Maimuri, “This is a huge turnaround for us and we are happy with the results. We lost our game last week and we really went back to the drawing board to correct our mistakes.”

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