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Suva Scoop In Naluwai

Suva Scoop In Naluwai
May 27
15:29 2018

Isireli Ledua calls for action and his band of Suva men responded to the catch-cry with a lethal and a brutal display of power rugby at Naluwai yesterday.

They made the occasion so fitting and memorable, 12 years after Skip­per Cup Premiership returns to the highlands which delighted a good and vocal crowd which turned up.

The 29-21 bonus win was well de­served as the men from the capital city completed the scoop with Under-20s and women also winning 29-11 and 39-12 respectively.

“We trained everyday only to play in one day and that is today,”Ledua said before the team enters the field.

“So make use of it, make it count. I want top performance from all of you.”

The team responded with a try in the 5th minute to Peni Matawalu who pounced on the ball following confu­sion in goal.

It was a captain’s knock 12 minutes later when Ledua finishd off a move after the forwards pack dominated the combat upfront for Suva to lead 10-0.

Naitasiri had their chances but had an off day with their kickers missing four consecutive penalties.

But second five eighth Livai Ikan­ikoda finished off a brilliant move after a second surge by the forwards.

Always on the ascendancy, Suva up the momentum with a second try to Matawalu which was converted for the team to lead 17-7 at halftime.

The Highlanders copped a blow when workhorse Inoke Tuisese was sin-binned.

This allowed wing Setareki Raoma to score in the corner, 22-7.

Vatiliai Matakarawa put Naitasiri in fighting chance a try which was converted, 22-14.

But Navunisole, Tailevu native Elia Canakaivata sealed the win with a try after another concerted shove by the forwards, 29-14.

Naitasiri scored the last try which was also converted, 29-21.

Comments: Suva manager Ulaiasi Verevou said; We came with a mis­sion and earned our win. Playing in Naluwai is tough but we survived the test for another week. We face Rewa next and we need to be at our best.”

Naitasiri manager Kemueli Seno­konoko said; “Our men put up a fight but we need to put on a better show against Navosa next week.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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