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2 Men Down, Yasawa Score Upset Win

2 Men Down, Yasawa Score Upset Win
April 22
11:00 2018

A new-look Yasawa side overcame two red cards to edge out Tavua 25-20 in the Vodafone Vanua Championship opener at Garvey Park yesterday.

What happened: The match was scrappy at times but physical as displayed by the young and talented Yasawa players. Tavua played well throughout and even when Yasawa had two players sent off in the second spell.

The home side failed to capatilise on this advantage. Josua Nagatalevu got Yasawa up with a penalty in the 8th minute but Tavua’s first five eight and captain Tevita Navayasi equalised in the 16th minute.

He landed another penalty in the 35th minute before centre Ifereimi Duvaga scored and with the conversion going over led 13-3.

Yasawa skipper and second five eight Josua Tuidriva scored the try of the match in the 35th minute when he sped through on a pop pass and outsprinted Navayasi to the try line.

Halftime: Tavua 13-8 Yasawa

Yasawa wing Inia Rokomatu powered through for a try a min­ute after the breather following poor play by Tavua from the restart. Nagatalevu converted for Yasawa to lead 15-13 and a further penalty took them ahead 18-13.

Tavua’s hardworking openside flanker Gabirieli Ratu pow­ered over for a try in the 49th minute which was converted as they regained the lead 20-18.

Yasawa’s Alipate Nakarawa and Rokomatu were given their marching orders but even with 13 players, Yasawa scored a converted try in the 71st minute to blindside flanker Apisai Amo for the win.

Comments: Yasawa coach Seru Rogo said: “We still have a lot to do and I am happy with the way we played. We have a good set of young players this year.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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