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Tinai Kicks Namosi To Victory

Tinai Kicks Namosi To Victory
BLK Namosi during the Skipper Cup match at Nadovu Park, Lautoka yesterday.
April 24
16:35 2016

Namosi’s persistent attacks made the difference yesterday as they edged the home side Lautoka 14-7 in their scrappy Skipper Cup encounter at Nadovu Park.

What Happened: Both sides entered the match with limited preparations which was the story of the match with players feeling the pinch towards the latter stages of the game.

Namosi, with two serving inmates, however had a slight edge in fitness and this proved the difference and the final outcome of the match.

Lautoka locks Masiwawa Baleinavere and Timoci Vuadreu dominated the lineouts and caused Namosi problems from the throw-ins.

However, Namosi’s front row of props Bose Lakobo and Viliame Rogose and hooker Vateve Tuilawaki continued to encourage the rest of their team with driving runs.

Both sides traded penalties in the first half with Namosi first five eight Ilai Tinai nailing one out of six attempts to give Namosi a narrow 3-0 lead at the break.

In the 47th minute, Tinai slotted in a second penalty from in front of the post following Lautoka being caught with hands in the ruck.

Lautoka sent in three replacements in the forwards and this seemed to fire up the sugar city side.

Following a driving attack by Lautoka in the 53rd minute, which mainly centred on pick and drive play by the forwards, the backline was set in motion from an ensuing ruck.

First five eight Kavekini Tanivanuakula weaved his way past the Namosi backline before outrunning the last two defenders to score in the corner.

Fullback Elia Tora coverted from wide out for Lautoka to lead 7-6.

Namosi’s relentless attacks in the final quarter began to tell on Lautoka and with added vigour the visited finished off a backline move in the 62nd minute with winger Iliesa Vaisova.

The conversion failed and Tinai added a further blow in the 68th minute with his third penalty to hand Namosi the win.

Big Play: Namosi’s consistent attacks in the final quarter,

Comments: Lautoka team manager Timoci Namuaira said their side lost to a better team adding “this was our first game and we will getter better from now on.”

Namosi coach Max Hughes said his side had only one week of being together as most of his team were deployed during Cyclone Winston reconstruction.

“We came into this game with my message to the boys to work together as a team and that is what they did,” Hughes said.

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