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Nadi Bounce Back With Big Win

Nadi Bounce Back With Big Win
Jack’s Nadi take on Vatukoula in the scrum at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni
June 05
14:42 2016

The Usaia Koroilagilagi coached- Jack’s Nadi rugby team thrashed Vatukoula 55-15 in their Skipper Cup showdown at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday. The hosts ran in 10 tries to scoop a bonus point win.

What happened: Nadi drew first blood through a penalty to Aseri Vatuinaruku in the 5th minute and followed it up with a try to openside flanker Peceli Kotonawale in 8th minute, which was converted by Vatuinaruku to extend their lead 10-0.

In the 23th minute a penalty try was awarded to Nadi which was converted as they led 17-0. In the 25th minute Vatukoula were awarded a penalty which fullback Meli Nakarawa converted as they trail 17-3. The Nadi forwards were too powerful as they drove through the Vatukoula defence which resulted in two tries- second five eight  Orisi Erenavula in the 33rd minute and followed by Robert Delai’s in the 38th minute. Both tries were converted by Vatuinaruku.

Halftime: Nadi 31-3 Vatukoula.

In the second half Nadi fullback Isoa Donaldson scored another try in the 10th minute with winger Aminio Bito adding another try as they led 41-3. Both tries were not converted.

In the 21st minute Vatukoula fought back and managed to score a try through Emori Ratu, which was converted by Nakarawa to leave the scores at 41-10. In the 30th  minute,  Atunaisa Livanalagi scored another try for Vatukoula which reduced the deficit to 41-15.

Then Nadi struck back In the 36th minute when Vatunaruku scored a try and in the 41st minute hooker Delai Kenneth ran in Nadi’s final try. Both tries were converted by Railoa Motiritikei.

Star turn: Winger Bito was the toast of the Nadi side with a sterling performance.

Big plays:  Joseph Peckham toiled hard for Vatukoula.


Nadi manager Jeff Tamata said: “We are happy with the bonus point win but we still need to improve on our game. Now our focus is on Malolo and we have to take our preparation to another notch.”

Vatukoula acting coach Nemani Balei Nacewa said: “I was very disappointed because we were too casual in our defence, when we tried to get back in the second-half time, time was against us.”


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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