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Nadi Score Bonus Point Win

Nadi Score Bonus Point Win
Jacks Nadi rugby team at Prince Charles park in Nadi yesterday.
April 24
16:31 2016

The Robert Delai captained- Jack’s Nadi side started their Skipper Cup campaign on a high note as they trounced Tailevu 34- 3 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday.

What Happened: Drops balls and failure to connect their passes proved to be the biggest challenge coupled with unnecessary stoppage.

But the home side started with a bang as debutant flanker Meli Rokove scored the first try in the 11th minute.

Six minutes later first five eight Navitalai Tuilawa increased their lead with a penalty.

Nadi fielded new players as they were guided by experienced Robert Delai at prop, centre Jock Luita, wily halfback Inia Naqia, Cyril Reece and seasoned flanker Kelepi Ketedromo.

Tailevu had the services of livewire hooker Sakeo Latianara, centre Seremaia Tawakevou and Semi Ranatawake on the wing while nippy halfback Henry Seniloli was sick and did not play.

In the 27th minute Jolame Luvevou scored a clever worked out try which was converted by Tuilawa.

Half time: Nadi 15- 0 Tailevu.

Nadi immediately hit back and in the seventh minute of the second spell with their forwards leading the charge. They crushed the Tailevu forwards which resulted in a try scored by centre Sakiusa Nakalevu under the post, which was again converted by Tuilawa.

In the 68th minute winger Jonetani Mateiwai dashed to the corner to score Nadi’s fourth try.

In the 70th minute the Nadi forwards were penalised in their own 22-metre line and Tailevu’s Sakiusa Komaitai slotted in their lone points, 27-3.

Winger Freddy Hicks came off the bench to score his first try for Nadi with just four minutes remaining in the game and was converted by Tuilawa.

Star Turn: Mateiwai and Nakalevu played brilliantly in their positions, both scoring a try each in the victory.

Big Play: Tuilawa scored 10 points through his boots

Comments: Nadi coach Usaia Koroivunilagi said, “We had a good pre-season campaign and good to win the first game of the competition. That was or aim this season, there are a lot of new faces in the side but we have to work on the mistakes we saw out there as a lot of balls were dropped.”

Tailevu coach Salimoni Bainivalu said, “This is our development team as there were only three players from last season in the run on team today.

“There has been a lot of bad luck for the side as Henry Seniloli is sick so he was rested. The heat was another thing for the boys as they have been training under the rain back home.”

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