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Northland Take On Next Challenge

Northland Take On Next Challenge
Northland rugby players and officials celebrate their Vodafone Vanua Championship win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on July 13. 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
July 14
11:00 2018

Northland will need to im­prove their performance as they look forward to the Bainimarama Trophy challenge next week, says coach Watisoni Ratulevu.

This was after Northland won the Vodafone Vanua Challenge when they edged out Tailevu 8-6 in the fi­nal at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori last night.

“There are some areas that we’ll look into before we move on to the Bainimarama challenge,” he told SUNsports.

“That is our defence and also on our discipline.”

What happened: In the 5th minute of the first half Tailevu made their move and a drop goal by fullback Etonia Rokotuisawa saw them lead 3-0. It was shortlived when in the 10th minute Northland drew level from a Alifereti Mocelutu penalty 3-3.

In the 20th minute Tailevu in­creased their tally when fullback Jese Tububnaruarua kicked over a penalty.

Halftime: Tailevu 6-3 Northland

Both side gave their all in the second spell as they wanted to end the season on a high note. Tailevu dominated play while Northland defended well.

In the 75th minute Northland took the lead when burly hooker Dan Ligairi bulldozed his way over for a try while the conversion went wide.

Fulltime: Northland 8-6 Tailevu

Comments: Tailevu coach Levani Matea said: “I’m proud that we are promoted to the Skipper Cup com­petition. Compared to last year we made a lot of changes and now are looking forward to playing North­land again in the Josaia V Baini­mara Challenge.”

Northland coach Ratulevu said: “I acknowledge the Lord for the win. It was not an easy game seeing that the scores were really close.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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