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Northland Too Strong In Naluwai

Northland Too Strong In Naluwai
Northland lock Eparama Sucumainalawa pushes off Naitasiri Bulls defender during the Vodafone Vanua Championship at Naluwai on May 05, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 06
11:06 2018

Northland thrashed Naitasiri Bulls 46-17 at Naluwai in round two of the Vodafone Vanua Championship yes­terday.

What happened: Naitasiri Bulls started strongly as they held Northland back with strong defence.

Piling on the pressure the Bulls scored the first try through Waisea Ralumu in the 21st minute converted by Viliame Kanatabua.

Kemueli Nairai and Marika Tuiverata scored for Northland while Kitione Rakasa­ka scored for the Bulls.

A penalty enabled the Bulls to lead 17-14 at halftime.

It was all Northland in the second half as they dominated and never allowed the Bulls to settle.

The team scored a try to first five-eighth Ke­mueli Nairai to narrow the deficit to 21-17.

Joji Sugaturaga of Naitasiri Bulls was yel­low carded for dangerous tackle allowing Taniela Lawa to score in the 75th minute fol­lowed by Jese Tubunaruarua.

Comments: Northland coach Watisoni Rat­ulevu was happy with how the players fought back to win.

Ratulevu told the players at halftime to beef up defence and look after the ball.

“I am very proud of the win. There were a lot of it before our next game. They put us un­der a lot of pressure but we responded well.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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