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Kurisaru Seals Win For Suva

Kurisaru Seals Win For Suva
Suva Inia Tawalo goes in for their second try against Namosi during Skipper Cup match at ANZ Stadium on May 12, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
May 13
11:00 2018

Suva secured their second win in the Skipper Cup Premier­ship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday after edging Na­mosi 21-20.

Centre Meli Kurisaru kicked a penalty at fulltime to seal the win for the capital side leaving Namosi winless after three games.

What happened:

Namosi’s lack of discipline gave Suva the opportunity to draw first blood with Kurisaru kicking a pen­alty in the 4th minute, 3-0.

But in the 10th minute Alivereti Veitokani kicked a penalty for Na­mosi to draw level.

Veitokani increased Namosi’s lead with a drop goal in the 13th minute, Namosi 6-3.

Suva replied with the second pen­alty to Kurisaru, 6-6.

Namosi skipper Mosese Voka broke through the strong Suva for­wards to score their first try which was converted by Veitokani.

Halftime: Namosi 13-6 Suva.

Keeping Suva in the game, full­back Inia Tawalo scored their first try in the 48th minute, Namosi 13-11 Suva.

Namosi was flashed two yellow cards while Suva was given one.

Fresh off the bench, Sireli Ledua of Suva came in the 54th minute to score a try which was converted by Kurisaru to increase Suva’s lead 18-13.

Namosi fought back resulting in Aca Simolo to score just before full­time, Namosi 20-18 Suva.

Discipline was an issue through­out for Namosi, and referee award­ed Suva a penalty at fulltime. Kurisaru kicked a penalty and sealed the win for Suva.

Fulltime: Suva 21-20 Namosi

Big Play:

The try by Sireli Ledua.

Star Turn:

Kurisaru kicking skills helped his side win.


Suva manager Ulaiasi Verevou said;

“I’m happy we won but we need to work on a lot of areas in our game.”

Namosi Coach Akuila Nasi said;

“Indiscipline let us down in the end and we were not playing ac­cording to plan.We need to start winning.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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