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Poor Handling

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI SUVA Handling problems marred what could have been a rugby spectacle when Fiji Bitter Suva narrowly beat Tacirua Transport Naitasiri 17-15 at the ANZ Stadium, Laucala, yesterday. The
06 Jul 2014 10:23

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI
SUVA

Handling problems marred what could have been a rugby spectacle when Fiji Bitter Suva narrowly beat Tacirua Transport Naitasiri 17-15 at the ANZ Stadium, Laucala, yesterday.
The Skipper Cup rugby encounter failed to live up to the standards both sides are capable of displaying.
Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou said he was disappointed with the overall performance.
“A win is a win,” he said, but he lamented the missed opportunities. He said he was upset with the number of mistakes.
Naitasiri coach Eroni Vereivalu could only say “set”.
If there are two things both sides should focus on before their next matches they have to be handling skills and ball retention.
The dropped catches were agonizing to watch, particularly at critical points of promising moves. Both sides were denied tries because of them.
The match could have gone either way. Suva, at times appeared to have the upperhand. But when Naitasiri responded they almost crossed the line a few times.
The match started with Suva’s tight five trying to control play.
The Naitasiri forwards replied with their own brand of rugby.
Vodafone Fiji 7s star Osea Kolinisau, playing 14 on the wing for Suva and his opposite Nasoni Rokobiau featured early.
Nasoni made some early incisive runs and Osea made a brilliant sideline run.
The moves broke down due to stray passes or lack of support.
As the match progressed, Nasoni became the key player in the Naitasiri backline. Every time he had the ball, he would spark some exciting move. It culminated in the final try which he helped set up. Osea also tried all day to break down the opposition defence and was finally rewarded with a try.
Star turn: Suva halfback Serupepeli Vularika was a standout player who controlled play well and kicked well.
For Naitasiri, Kini Douglas directed play well and set up the Osea Kolinisau try.
Big play: A late rally by Naitasiri saw Nasoni set up lock Senivalati Vunibola score near the corner. Kini Douglas failed to level the score with his conversion.
How the game went: In the first 15 minutes there were several exchanges as both sides tried to settle down to a rhythm.
20th minute – Sustained Suva pressure led to prop Joeli Veitayaki diving over for the opening try. Vulariki converted. Suva led 7-0.
30th minute – Nippy halfback Lote Raratabu sparked a Naitasiri drive. Prop Dan Ligairi was stopped short of the tryline.
35th minute – Kini Douglas kicked a penalty. Suva 7, Naitasiri 3.
38th minute – Naitasiri were on the roll. After sustained pressure, Kini Douglas set up blindside flanker Necani Nawaqadau for a classic try. He converted it and Naitasiri led 10-7 at halftime.
Second half – 9th minute – Osea Kolinisau scored try and Vulariki converted. Suva 17, Naitasiri 10.
18th minute – He was yellow carded.
Suva missed two penalties and Naitasiri one.
35th minute – Senivalati Vunibola scored a try for Naitasiri. Kini Douglas missed the conversion.
Final score: 17-15

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