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Northland Triumphs

Northland Triumphs
Northland rugby team at Marcellin School ground, Suva on April 21, 2018. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva
April 22
11:01 2018

Northland walloped the Ram Sami- sponsored Nasinu side 24-5 in the Vodafone Vanua Championship opener at Marcellin School ground in Suva yesterday.

What happened: Northland started strongly and dominated possession as Nasinu were simply outplayed. The visitors took the lead when Jese Tubunavanua scored a try which was converted by Ilime Leiloma.

Nasinu continued to commit silly mistakes as they allowed Northland’s Leiloma to kick over a penalty and extended the lead to 10-0. Northland’s Iliesa Ratuva and Tubunavanua were sinned-binned just before half time.

Halftime: Nasinu 0-10 Northland.

Northland upped the tempo as they scored tries to Emori Logavatu and Kalisito Yalimai with Leiloma conversions going over for a 24-0 lead.

Indiscipline reared its ugly head when Northland’s Inia Suka was red-carded for dangerous play which gave Nasinu the chance to regroup and scored their lone try through Aloesi Bera.

Comments: Northland manager Joeli Rab­uli said:

“Discipline was our weak area today we had three yellow cards and one red card. An­other area is our consistency, which should not have happened.”

Nasinu coach Seremaia Bai said: “I’m hap­py with the way the players maintained their discipline on the field but now we have to move fast, accept the loss and work towards the next round.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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