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Close Win For Naitasiri

Close Win For Naitasiri
Naitasiri number eight Ratu Inoke Tuisese crashes over to score a try against Namosi during the Skipper Tuna Cup competition on April 21,2018.Photo: Simione Haravanua.
April 22
10:49 2018

A young but determined Naitasiri rugby team edged Namosi 24-23 in the Skipper Cup Premiership match at Thom­son Park, Navua yesterday.

Namosi coach Tui Edidoka said the team was not focused and disci­pline was poor.

He said a yellow card to one of the players following a high tackle cost them the match.

“We will work on our weaknesses as we prepare for our next match against Malolo,” he said.

What happened: Naitasiri in the 10th minute kicked a penalty through Cyril Reece.

Namosi replied with an uncon­verted try in the 26th minute to lead 5-3.

A pushover try by Naitasiri was converted to extend their to lead 12 -3.

Two tries to Namosi with one con­verted changed the lead to 17-12.

Halftime: Namosi 17 – 12 Naitasiri

It was a do-or-die match in the sec­ond half with Namosi captain Mo­ses Voka leading the charge.

They kicked a penalty and extend­ed their lead to 20-12.

Naitasiri scored another try to narrow Namosi’s lead 20-17.

Namosi kicked another penalty to lead 23 -17 in the 70th minute.

In the 80th minute Naitasiri scored a try and was converted by Frank Lomani.

Fulltime: Naitasiri 24-23 Namosi.

Big play: When Naitasiri fought back in the last 10 minutes to score a converted try.

Comment: Naitasiri coach Koli Sewabu said it was a good start for them and would work on trying to win all their Skipper Cup matches.

Edited by Osea Bola


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