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Lautoka Edge Tavua

Lautoka Edge Tavua
Lautoka 18 – 17 Tavua
July 11
09:18 2015


he Ifereimi Rawaqa-coached Lautoka side escaped with a 18-17 victory over Tavua in the Skipper Cup in Garvey Park, Tavua yesterday.

What happened: In the first minute Lautoka flanker Sireli Gavidi scored under the post after Tavua’s first five-eighth Semise Vauvau’s kick was charged down.

Few minutes later Lautoka forwards were penalised and Vauvau kicked a penalty to trail 7-3 with their opposition centre Emosi Tavai sin-binned by referee Pio Waqa for infringement.

Turaga replied with two more penalties increasing their lead 13-3 with captain Savenaca Dau sin binned.

Tavua’s winger Semi Bale ran within their 22 metres and ran untouched to score under the post and was converted by Vauvau.

Halftime: Lautoka 13 – 10 Tavua

In the second-half Tavua launched a smart comeback with Vauvau setting up  outside winger Luke Lomata.

Tavua led for the first time 17-13.

Lautoka lock Bale Masi was sin-binned for a high tackle on Tavua scrum half Sisa Bevu.

Not so long in the last quarter Lautoka launched a pick and play which led robust prop Viliame Satala junior to score in the corner.

Star turn: Tavua winger Luke Lomata was in top form.

Big plays: Lautoka halfback Kelemedi Bola’s experience had a big say in the match.

Comments: Lautoka RU coaching director Apakuki Vacala said: “We started well but lost concentration in some stages of the match. But a win is a win which matters more for us. We played with fire in our belly and Tavua came out firing as well playing in front of their home crowd.”

Tavua RU secretary Cabelawa Koto said: “It was an inspiring and unique match as pressure was on us. We were prepared for this match despite four key players being out injured but we fielded a young side.”




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