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Kurokava Seals Win For Nadroga Over Suva

Kurokava Seals Win For Nadroga Over Suva
Skipper Cup rugby action between Suva and Nadroga at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on May 5, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 06
11:06 2018

The Esala Nauga-coached BLK Nadroga side edged Suva 28-26 in the Skipper Cup Premiership round two at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday.

What happened:

It was a close encounter between the two teams and it was decided in the dying minutes.

Suva first five-eight Meli Kurisaru had to take the blame for the loss af­ter he deliberately knocked the ball. Josese Kurikava kicked the penalty to book the Stallions their first win. Suva took the lead through a pen­alty to Kurisaru, 3-0.

The Stallions replied with a try to Viliame Bolalailai which was con­verted by Kurokavu, 7-3.

Kurisaru and Kurokavu found the mark again with their boots, 10-6.

Suva scored a try through Leveni Kurimudu which was converted and Kurisaru kicked a penalty.

Halftime: Suva 16-10 Nadroga.

Former national 7s rep Ulaiyasi Lawavou made his presence felt for the home side when he scored in the corner, 16-15.

Winger Setareki Raoba pulled one back for the capital side which was converted by Kurisaru who also kicked a penalty. Nadroga scored two tries to Timoci Sauvoli and Sanaila Nahuto.

Big play: Sireli Ledua led his Suva team well.

Star turn: Lawavou played a good game for Nadroga.

Comments:

Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga said: “We are back in business but we have to improve our game. We made a lot of mistakes and Suva nearly beat us. We did not lose hope and Suva is a good team.”

Suva captain Sireli Ledua said: “It is unfortunate that we lost right at the death. It is learning curve.”

In the other matches, Nadroga U20 defeated Suva 34-22 while the Suva women proved too strong for Na­droga winning 17-0.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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