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Waqatabu Wins It

Waqatabu Wins It
The BLK Nadroga players, officials and fans with the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge trophy at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on July 22, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 23
12:14 2017

 

NADROGA 26 – 19 NAITASIRI

BLK Nadroga first five-eighth Apisalome Waqatabu amassed 21 points as Nadroga retained the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge.

They beat QAQA Naitasiri 26-19 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

The 32-year-old Policeman scored a try and kicked two conversions and four penalties.

 

What happened:

In the 5th minute Nadroga took the lead through a penalty to Waqatabu, 3-0.

Two minutes later his counterpart Etonia Rokotuisiwa levelled the score, 3-3.

In the 18th minute Nadroga was penalised and Rokotuisiwa increased their lead, 6-3.

In the 29th minute Naitasiri centre Cyril Recce was sin- binned by referee Johnson Lee for dangerous play. The penalty was crucial as Nadroga winger Aisea Natoga scored a minute later and converted by Waqatabu.

Three minutes later robust flanker Vasikali Mudu was sin-binned for tip- tackle on fullback Jese Digituraga.

In the 40th minute Waqatabu kicked another penalty.

Halftime: Nadroga 13 – 9 Naitasiri.

In the 49th minute Naitasiri skipper Seremaia Naureure was sin-binned for shoulder charge on centre Eroni Vasiteri.

In the 55th minute Waqatabu was in top form when he beat three defenders to score and kicked the conversion, 20-9.

Seven minutes later Rokotuisiwa had his chance to close the gap through a penalty 20-12.

Within four minutes Waqatabu had two penalties to stretch the lead 26-12.

Naitasiri forwards took charge and were rewarded with a penalty try.

Big Play: Mitieli Nacagilevu, Sailosi Dawai, and Avete Daveta were on fire for the Stallions.

 

Star Turn: Apisalome Waqatabu played at first five-eighth for the third time and was a thorn in the Naitasiri defence.

 

Comments:

Nadroga captain Manoa Tamaya; “We did know that Naitasiri was going to be tough as usual, they did not give us room to breathe. We held on to our chances. In the second spell we made up our mind to play constructive rugby.”

Naitasiri coach Koli Sewabu; “It was a good game, we had discipline issues and mistakes which they pounced on. I thank the boys for their effort as it was a long season and we had young players. It was a good exposure for them.”

 

Naitasiri: Joeli Veitayaki, Naureure ( C), Mesake Doge, Joseva Tawake, Ben Sadrugu, Filimoni Seru, Isei Ravulo, Sireli Kaloucava, Frank Lomani, Etonia Rokotuisawa, Nasoni Roko, Cyril Reece, Meli Nakarawa, Epi Cokanasiga, Jeke Suguturaga, Mosese Gavidi, Eroni Mawi, Mosese Ducivaki, Netani Vora, Jone Buadromo, Aisake Luveniyali, Paula Tiko, Apisalome Vota.

 

Nadroga: Alivereti Bure, Ratunaisa Navuma, Setefano Somoca, Manoa Tamaya (C), Sailosi Dawai, Josefa Nahalo, Vasikali Mudu, Jone Navori, Sakiusa Gavidi,Apisalome Waqatabu, Aisea Natoga, Avete Daveta, Ifereimi Tovilevu, Avete Daveta, Mitieli Nacagilevu, Ilaisa Leca, Sanaila Nahuto, Rt Penijamini Makutu, Simione Naivaludua, Mosese Tawake, Simione Drotini, Sakiusa Nakalevu, Aporosa Tabulawaki.

Edited by Osea Bola

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