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Warwick Navosa number 8 Limanivai Driu on the attack against Lautoka at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 02
11:08 2017

 

The Suli Degei captained- Warwick Navosa rugby side top the Vodafone Vanua Championship’s Western Zone with a 19-16 win over Lautoka at Lawaqa Park (ground 2), Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: Lautoka drew first blood when Amena Cinaturaga kicked in a penalty, 3-0. In the 11th minute referee Josaia Caucau awarded a penalty try to Navosa after an infringement by the Lautoka defence as they led 7-3. Degei copped a yellow card for professional foul.

In the 32nd minute Cinaturaga narrowed the deficit to 7-6 with a successful penalty.

Half time: Navosa 7–6 Lautoka.

In the 54th minute Cinaturaga kicked in his third penalty as they regained the lead 9-7. Venisio Kunabuli came off the bench in the 58th minute, moments later scored a try in the corner with Naca Nagatalevu converting it as Navosa went ahead 14-9. Then in the 63rd minute Navosa scored another try to Maleli Rokoqica. with a minute from full time Autiko Domonakibau ran in Lautoka’s try which was converted by Mesake Saukuru but was to no avail.

Comments: Navosa trainer Seru Navuta said; “Today’s game showed that we need to fix up a lot of areas before the semifinal next week. But credit to the boys we managed to remain undefeated throughout the competition and top the western conference.”

Lautoka coach Usaia Koroilagilagi said, “That’s the result but we’ve joined them to qualify for the semifinal.”

Navosa: Suli Degei (c), Joave Saqaboto, Vilitati Gonewai, Aloesi Nailiko, Joji Nareki, Elia Leawere, Jonetani Yalayala, Liminivai Driu, Jone Hatobe, Nemani Muritovo, Eroni Bakabaka, Naca Nagatalevu, Simione Gusuivalu, Semi Kurisaravi, Peniona Nayaya, res- Tevita Dikedike, Lorima Tabaiwalu, Sireli Nauka, Manasa Dokonivalu, Peni Tiko, Maile Finau Uukalala, Maleli Rokoqica, Venasio Kunabuli.

Lautoka: Viliame Satala, Viliame Nabiau ( c), Aseri Tuivaga, Timoci Mikaele, Marseu Ravai, Sairusi Roko, Malakai Qase, Rusiate Waqa, Asaeli Qalova, Sekove Vuniyayawa, Lasaro Waqairatu, Simione Butulovo, Emosi Tavai, Amena Cinaturaga, res: Autiko Domonakibau, Sosiveta Boila, Sevanaia Rauqe, Josateki Laqo, Inoke Vota, Mesake Saukuru, Nakia Moala, Vakacegu Tabakibau.

Venue: Lawaqa Park (ground 2)

Attendance: 200

Ground: Dry and dusty

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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