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Vatukoula Too Strong For Yasawa

Vatukoula Too Strong For Yasawa
May 28
11:10 2017

A brace of tries to Vatukoula’s Noa Lomani and Apisai Take paved the way as they handed hapless Yasawa a 51-13 drubbing in their Vodafone Vanua Challenge clash at Nodovu Park, Lautoka yesterday.

Vatukoula never looked back after amassing 34-3 lead at halftime and sealed the match with a last minute try.

However, Yasawa coach and former dual international Kaiava Salusalu was not downhearted as he has a three-year mission where he aims to take his young brigade to the top of Fiji rugby.

What happened: Vatukoula fullback Seveci Tora opened the scoring in the eight minute with a penalty and this was followed by a try in the 16th minute to halfback Atunaisa Livanalgi. Tora slotted in the conversion for Vatukoula to take a handy 10-0 lead.

Lomani got his first try in the 24th minute and his second nine minutes later with Tora adding the conversions.

Yasawa slotted in a penalty by halfback Varayame Momo Centre Manoa Natorogia and Take added two unconverted tries before the break.

Halftime: Yasawa 3-34 Vatukoula

Take scored his second just after the break before fullback Tora added one himself and with the conversion Vatukoula led 46-3.

In the 62nd minute, Yasawa number eight Inoke Momo scored a try and Varayame Mome converted for Yasawa to trail 46-10.

Momo added another penalty but Vatukoula sealed the match with a try to replacement Sekove Kautoga.

The second spell was a copybook of the first half with no real exciting moments.


Yasawa coach Kaiava Salusalu said: “I’m moulding this young brigade for the future and expected a tough match against Vatukoula who had played in the major division.”

Vatukoula coach Nemani Baleinaceva said: “I wanted this win after we were beaten 15-14 by Navosa last week. Yes we are looking at getting back into the major division.”

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