Skipper Cup

Suva To Face Off This Weekend With Nadroga

“Suva will be hard to contain in the final as they have the cream of the crop,” Nadi Rugby treasurer/games committee chairman Jeff Tamata said.
16 Jun 2019 14:47
Suva To Face Off This Weekend With Nadroga
Try time for Suva halfback Peni Matawalu against Nadi during the Skipper Cup Premiership semi-final Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on June 15,2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Jack’s Nadi took it on the chin and was gracious in defeat rating Suva as the team to beat in the Skipper Cup Premiership final against Nadroga this Saturday.

The capital side’s demolition job in the first half at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori was enough to see them through to defend their title once again.

Leading 27-3 at halftime, the Suva firepower was too hot and heavy to handle for Nadi losing 15-39 in the end.

“Suva will be hard to contain in the final as they have the cream of the crop,” Nadi Rugby treasurer/games committee chairman Jeff Tamata said.

‘We tried our best but they came out firing in all cylinders and did the damage in the first half.

“’Nadroga will need to be at their best as Suva take some stopping when they are on the roll.”

The forwards pack with Swire Shipping Fijian Latui props Eroni Mawi and Luke Tagi with workhorse Mesulame Dolokoto at hooker led the charge and were in devastating form enabling the team to score four tries in the first spell.

Their constant barrage for the line and burst through the gaps was a handful for the jetsetters.

While the ploy was to play an expansive game, a few of Nadi passes were intercepted as the move was telegraphic thwarting the momentum.

Nadi played their best game in the third quarter where they managed to score two tries where Olympian Samisoni Viriviri was calling the shots at centre.

But the game was marred with ill-discipline when Suva’s John Stewart and Jolame Luvevou were sent off. Luvevou was later red carded.

Nadi’s ended up with 13 men when their lock forward was sent off.

“We are on a three-year development plan and we are happy we are in the top four in our first year,” Tamata said.

“We will target to be in the final n 2020.”

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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