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Rewa’s Vuniuci Tikomaimereke (5) on attack as Dreketi defender Usaia Tadau closes in. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 27
13:35 2018

Vulivuli changes formation to disrupt Rewa’s game

Defending Vodafone Fiji FACT champions Rewa suffered a setback in their campaign when they were held to a scoreless draw by Dreketi at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yes­terday.

A disappointed Rewa coach Mari­ka Rodu told SUNsports that indis­cipline stopped them from getting the result they had wanted.

“I’m not happy as we need to work on many areas of our play,” he said.

Dreketi led by tough defender Akeimi Ralulu started strongly and disrupted Rewa’s game as they set the pace right from opening whistle. Playing under immense pressure Rewa had to play with 10-men after defender Josateki Ta­mudu copped a red card for danger­ous play.

Rewa led by striker Iosefo Verevou fought hard trying to score the win­ning goal but Dreketi goalkeeper Petero Tamaniyabo made crucial saves to deny them.

Rewa dubbed the Delta Tigers by their diehard fans take on rivals Labasa, today at 5pm, in what is billed to be a cracker as to deter­mine Group A’s qualifiers to the semifinals.

When approached Dreketi coach/player Thomas Vulivuli said the players stuck to their game plan and never got distracted when Rewa fought back.

“I saw how Rewa beat Ba on the first day so I planned a forma­tion to disrupt their game and it worked for us. We also had scoring opportunities but we did not capi­talise on it.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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