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Close Win For Stallions

Close Win For Stallions
Sailosi Rabonaqica of Nadroga on his way to score a try against Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on June 30, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
July 01
13:04 2018

The BLK Nadroga rugby team officials say, they need to improve on their game before playing in the Skipper Cup Premiership semifinal.

This was after the Stallions escaped with a 38-31 win over Rewa at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, yesterday.

Nadroga manager Pita Kadralevu told SUNsports that although he was happy with how they had played but they still need to do a lot of work.

“There are areas of concern that we need to look into before the semifinal next week,” Kadralevu said.

 

What happened: In the 10th minute Nadroga made their move with a try to veteran first five eight Jiuta Lutumailagi followed by the conversion from fullback Ifereimi Kunaika. Then the enterprising full-back made it 12-0 with a try which was not converted.

In the 20th minute Nadroga ran in their third try to centre Ifereimi Tovilevu with the conversion going over 19-0.

Rewa hit back in the 25th minute with a penalty from first five eight Seru Vaniqi as they trail 19-3. Rewa further reduced the deficit to 19-8 when halfback Samuela Valagi scored an unconverted try in the 30th minute.

The visitors further their lead from a forward rush which allowed No.8 Sailosi Rabonaqica to run in  their fourth try which was converted by Kunaika as they had a 26-8 lead.

At the stroke of halftime Rewa’s No.8 Josaia Tokarua scored their first try with the conversion going wide but Vaniqi later made amends with a successful penalty.

 

Halftime: Rewa 16-26 Nadroga. Both teams gave their all in the second spell with Nadroga running in two tries while Rewa also scored two tries and a penalty.

 

Comments: Rewa head coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata said: “That was our game of the season. When we came we set out a goal to win this game. Although we started slowly in the first half but I thank the boys for what they’ve done.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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