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Stallions Win For Fallen Friend

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga said the win was dedicated to their former trainer Nimilote Dau who recently passed away.
19 May 2019 15:23
Stallions Win For Fallen Friend
Nadroga halfback Emosi Vucago led their win over Naitasiri. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Rugby giants Nadroga woke up from their slumber and ended Naitasiri’s winning run with a 33-17 thrashing at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

In the opening rounds of the Skipper Cup Premiership, the Stallions had suffered two losses but have bounced back to beat Northland and Naitasiri.

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga said the win was dedicated to their former trainer Nimilote Dau who recently passed away.

What happened: Playing on their home ground the Stallions were on fire and scored the opening try to No.8 Eremasi Radrodro with the conversion going over. In the 31st minute Nadroga extended their lead to 14-0 with a penalty try before Kini Douglas opened Naitasiri’s account with a penalty.

Halftime: Nadroga 14-3 Naitasiri

Nadroga dominated the second spell with full-back Amenoni Nasilasila scoring in the 52nd minute for a 19-3 lead.

In the 63rd minute Naitasiri came back strongly with Maciu Vakacabeqoli scoring a try and the conversion from Douglas saw them trailing 19-10.

Then Jone Naqiri dived over for their second try which was converted by Douglas to narrow the deficit to 19-17.

Then the hosts came back firing with tries to prop Timoci Sauvoli which was converted by Emosi Vucago to extend their lead to 26-17.

In the 76th minute Nadroga scored a try to winger Akariva Nabati which was converted for the 33-17.

Comments: Nadroga coach Esala Nauga said: “We are happy with the win and we thank God for it.

“It was a good game and we dedicate it to our friend Nimilote Dau.

“The boys prepared well because we know Naitasiri was undefeated and were leading the points table.

“We will be preparing to face Namosi next week.”

Naitasiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr said: “We learnt a lot today and it is no excuse for us. I take all the blame today.

“We’ll go home and work hard and come back strong next week.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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