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Vaione Tegu Leads Charge For Namosi

Vaione Tegu Leads Charge For Namosi
Namosi Lock, Vaione Tegu (with ball) scores his second try for Namosi against Macuata during Skipper Cup match at Thompson Park in Navua yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.
May 08
13:16 2016

 

Vaione Tegu played a stellar performance in Namosi’s 24-16 victory over Macuata at Thomson Park in Navua yesterday.

What happened

The work rate of the towering lock forward stood out from the rest of the pack of the pack in Skipper Cup round. His effort was rightly rewarded when he scored two tries within in a span of five minutes to consolidate the host’s control on the game after the teams were locked scoreless in the first quarter.

“Big effort from Vai was well rewarded scoring twice,” Namosi assistant coach Max Hughes said.

Like a scavenger, he always wanted to be busy and hungry to be involved in the thick of the contest.

Namosi played an expansive game in the first half with the forwards building momentum on the town end of the field before the ball was spun wide to the backline.

Orchestrated by former national sevens rep Ilai Tinai, the cut-out passes and dummy runs resulted in Timoci Sinate drawing first blood with a try in the corner.

Tinai missed the conversion but soon after Tegu came into the equation with two quick tries which was both converted by Tinai for Namosi to lead 19-0.

Tegu’s second try was almost typical when his Namosi mentor Timoci Wainiqolo scored in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Macuata stayed in the game with a penalty from fullback Sosiceni Daugunu.

Halftime: Namosi 19-3 Macuata

The visitors kicking game played to their advantage as they found it hard break the rock hard defence of Namosi.

This resulted in Nemani Biu and Wate Volavola scoring to put Macuata within striking range after Daugunu added another penalty.

But Sinate sealed the win for the host’s after good physical battle which was enjoyed by an entertaining,  vocal crowd on the sidelines in Navua.

Big plays:

It would be hard to ignore the mammoth effort  put in by the Namosi forwards led by Tegu.

Star turn:

Good running angles and anticipation by Sinate allowed him to score a double.

Comments

Namosi assistant coach Max Hughes: “We laid the platform in the first half and should have up the momentum in the second half but allowed Macuata back in the game. More to work on before our next game against Vatukoula.”

Macuata manager Meli Matarugu:

“It was good game and I thought we played well against the 2015 Skipper Cup finalists. We have the men to make a difference in 2016. It’s just a matter of right sizing and playing to our strength and plan.

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