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Back After 11yrs

Back After 11yrs
The Rewa team celebrate after beating Lautoka 33-22 in the Vodafone Vanua Challenge semifinal at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on June 7, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
July 08
11:00 2017

After a lapse of 11 years, Rewa has finally stomped their way back into the major division of Fiji Rugby Union competition after defeating Lautoka 33-22 in the Vodafone Vanua Challenge semifinal at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata’s hard work over the last 11 weeks with the team showed on the field and he was a proud man.

Doviverata said he reminded the boys that this was the most important moment in their rugby careers.

“The boys have been good in the last 11 weeks we been together,” Doviverata said.

“At halftime when we lead 12-5, I still told the boys that this was the last 40 minutes of their rugby career and they needed to make the most of it,” he said.

“I told them that whatever they had left in the tank, they needed to give it their best shot and they did and I am so proud of them.

Alivereti Veitokani scores for Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on June 7, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Alivereti Veitokani scores for Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on June 7, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

“It was a game of forwards for Lautoka and the backline for us. I told the boys to be committed in their defence and the backline knew what to do with the ball when they got it.”

Rewa’s resilience showed through their defence as the boys put their bodies on the line to stop Lautoka from scoring when they were just inches away from the tryline.

Now that Rewa will be starting next season in the major division which is the Skipper Cup, Doviverata said he will be aiming to stick with the same boys.

“We have to stay with the boys that have been here and that have grown throughout the weeks,” he said.

“We still need to finish the campaign with the finals coming up and once that is over than we will be focusing on that big road ahead.

“I think the support from the fans have been amazing and also the boys’ families who have been by them these last couple of weeks, we thank them for their support.”

Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Alifereti Veitokani was the hero of Rewa scoring a try and making four conversions.

Malatia Rauma scored two tries for Rewa while Emori Baleisuva and Isaiya Naivalu got a try each.

Lautoka managed to score three tries through Viliame Satala, Maikeli Sivo and Josateki Lago.

Edited by Osea Bola

 

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