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Sokiveta makes sound impact

By VUNIWAQA BOLA Vilitati Sokiveta showed his brilliance and sheer pace when he scored the winning try for the Fiji Bitter Suva team in the last challenge of the Farebrother-Sullivan
14 Oct 2012 11:21

By VUNIWAQA BOLA

Vilitati Sokiveta showed his brilliance and sheer pace when he scored the winning try for the Fiji Bitter Suva team in the last challenge of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy yesterday.
Moreover, he has not forgotten his humble beginnings as he eyes the white jumper after yesterday’s game.
The Savulotu villager from Ra scored in Suva’s first defence of the trophy  against Naitasiri a fortnight ago in Lautoka. And yesterday he did it again.
This is just his second year playing for Suva. But playing in the Farebrother competition is new to him.
“Suva’s Farebrother challenge this year is my first and this is just my third game,”Sokiveta said.

“My rugby only started when I was studying at tertiary level.
“From Ra, I had to go and stay in Lautoka with my relatives,” Sokiveta said.
Throughout secondary school, he never played rugby because he was educated at Suva Sangam School.
In addition, he only came to play in  the backline when he joined Navy.
He played as a flanker for the sugar city in 2010.
“I prefer to be a backline player as it gives me time and space to use my pace,” Sokiveta said.
Yesterday when Suva was trailing 7-11, Sokiveta got a ball out from the forwards, dragged Lautoka’s defensive line back into Suva’s territory before showing his speed to dot the ball.
“When I had that ball, all I could see was the tryline. But I knew I had to get Lautoka’s defence back before using speed knowing that they won’t  catch me.”
The 25-year old said he was grateful to the officials of Suva for giving him a chance and to the Almighty for allowing him to play to his best.
Meanwhile, Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou said Sokiveta was still young and needed a lot of nurturing.
“He’s a young boy and has a long way to go.
“All Suva is doing now is try to mould him to be ready for national duty when that chance arrives.”




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