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Farebrother stays in Suva

By VUNIWAQA BOLA The Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy will now rest in the capital city after a hard-earned win against Lautoka yesterday. Fiji Bitter Suva defeated Lautoka 19-16 in the last challenge
14 Oct 2012 11:20

By VUNIWAQA BOLA

The Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy will now rest in the capital city after a hard-earned win against Lautoka yesterday.
Fiji Bitter Suva defeated Lautoka 19-16 in the last challenge of the season to retain the most prized possession in Fiji Rugby.
Lautoka was on cloud nine at the beginning as they led 8-0 at halftime from a drop goal to Taniela Rawaqa and a try to Iliavi Satala. This despite their lock forward Taione Ratu being yellow carded in the 12th minute.
Rawaqa had earlier missed two penalties and later failed to convert Satala’s try, which could have seen the Maroons lead by an extra eight points.
Returning from the break rejuvenated, Lautoka started to try to break down Suva’s brickwall defence but it was all to no avail.
Suva tried to play more constructive rugby and with Kaminieli Neiqisa coming in as impact player to Sikeli Vuruna, in the 42nd minute, he played a crucial role in setting up a try for Samu Bola.
With Emosi Mulevoro converting, Suva trailed by a point.7-8.
The Maroons hit back with Rawaqa kicking a penalty extending the lead to 11-7.
This did not dampen the Suva boys, as they tried to penetrate the Maroons defensive line. They were  denied a try to Apisai Naqaliva who was taken out in a try-saving tackle by Waisale Vatuvoka.
But they could not stop Sokiveta. The 73rd minute try put Suva in the lead by 12-11 for the first time before another forward drive by Suva using their mobile forwards led by Vesi Rarawa, Vili Veikoso and Manasa Saulo allowed number 8 James Brown to score and converted by Neiqisa.
Lautoka came back for a try in the 86th minute through Yagavito Nasauvakarua but it was too late to give them the win as they trailed 16-19.
Lautoka captain Watisoni Votu thanked their fans for travelling down to Nausori.
“Though we couldn’t achieve what we came for, we’re grateful to Suva for the good game.
“We thank God for allowing us to carry out our task today, but we hope that we will meet again next year,” Votu said.




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