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BLK Naitasiri defeated defending champions BLK Nadroga 28-22 during the season opener of the Skipper Cup at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
April 23
17:13 2016

Nadroga started well but were not able to continue their rhythm as Naitasiri fought their way to win

 

Defending champions Nadroga were not able to maintain their 19 games winning streak when they went down 22-28 to Naitasiri in the Skipper Cup 2016 opener at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last night.

What Happened: The Sekonaia Kalou captained-side did start well but were not able to continue their rhythm as Naitasiri contained them.

Kalou and first five eight Jonetani Ralulu led the Stallions against one of their toughest opponents however they were let down by the soggy ground. Nadroga fielded six debutants in the likes of Vasikali Mudu (flanker), Akariva Nabati (outside back), Kilioni Sisiwa (centre) and Peceli Nacebe (fullback). Joining them were substitutes Jack Costello (prop), and Kitioni Nasavuilagi (inside back).

The visitors had three debutants Alivereti Turagakacivi (winger), substitutes Vilimoni Malorua (lock) and Neumi Naivalu (back).

Nadroga fullback Nacebe kicked three penalties, a try to Mudu, and a drop goal to Ralulu while Naitasiri’s points came from the boots of Etonia Ravatukawa.

Halftime: Nadroga 17-15 Naitasiri. Naitasiri came back stronger in the second spell with two penalties and a try to Dan Ligairi which was converted.

The home side were able to score their second try to electrifying halfback Rupeni Rabici.

In the final five minutes Nadroga tried their best to score through their forward play but it backfired as substitute loose man Luke Tirimaidoka was not able to release the ball during the breakdown and referee Johnson Lee blew fulltime as the Naitasiri players and fans celebrate the win.

Star Turn: former Ratu Kadavulevu School (2010) Under-19 first five eight, Ravatukawa was on song with his kicking duties.

Big Plays: Kalou showed his experience by leading his young brigade.

Comments: Naitasiri coach Reverend Jioji Rinakina said, “Very important win it was a good game. When Naitasiri and Nadroga play it’s always a see- saw game.”

Nadroga captain Kalou said: “It was a tough match but was good to meet Naitasiti in the beginning of the clash.

There are a lot of new boys and we will learn a lot from this match for the remainder of the season.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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