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Stallions Win Heated Battle

Stallions Win Heated Battle
BLK Nadroga's Pio Mua steps on the brake to score against Malolo in the Skipper Cup match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 16
11:37 2016


The Sekonaia Kalou captained-BLK Nadroga rugby team scored three tries in the second spell to down Malolo 32-11 in a torrid Skipper Cup encounter at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. Referee Samu Tuidraki described the encounter as tough, physical and confrontational.

Malolo skipper Veniona Vuki and Josese Kurokavu of Nadroga were shown the red card.

What happened:

Malolo started well and in the third minute got the first points through a Jiuta Lutumailagi penalty, 3-0.

Nadroga fullback Mitieli Nacagilevu replied with a penalty in the 15th minute to level the scores 3-3.

Four minutes later inside centre Timoci Tavuto kicked a penalty as Malolo retained the lead 6-3. In the 33rd minute Tavuto, Akuila Dora and Ifereimi Tovilevu of Nadroga were shown the yellow card for starting a brawl. Three minutes later robust Malolo winger Nacanieli Labalala scored a try and their joy was shortlived when Apete Daveta scored for Nadroga.

Half-time: Nadroga 8 – 11 Malolo.

Nadroga came back in the second spell using their forward to out-muscle Malolo. Malolo penalised in the 46th minute and Nacagilevu leveled the scores 11-11. In the 62nd minute Nacagilevu broke the Malolo defence from the halfway and offloaded to centre Aporosa Tabulawaki to score and Nacagilevu added the extras, 18-11.

Six minutes later, Vuki made a high tackle on Nacagilevu which was costly as another brawl erupted Nadroga first five eight Kurokavu and Vuki were involved in a scuffle and referee Tuidraki showed them the red card.

The Nadroga forwards began to steamroll their way into the Malolo half which saw Timoci Sauvoli diving over for a try, which was converted by Tovilevu.

Nadroga No. 8 Eremasi Radrodro struck when he set up prop Penijamini Makutu to score the bonus point try in the 78th minute and converted by Tovilevu.

Star turn: Radrodro played a man of the match performance.

Big plays: Malolo forwards worked tireless and were fearless in the breakdown as they did not give in easily.


Nadroga manager Apakuki Tuitavua said: “I thank both teams for the grand game. We are determined to play each match as a final since we are the defending champions and we won’t give in easily.”

Malolo head coach Mosese Volavola said: “I thank my boys for playing well against an experienced side.

“There were some disciplinary areas that we have to look at.

“But we started well in the first half but Nadroga dominated all facets of play.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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