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Vatukoula wins big

Vatukoula 32 Ovalau 18 WAISEA NASOKIA vaTUKOULA What happened: The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Vatukoula side defeated Ovalau 32-18 in the 2014 Skipper Cup competition at Theodore Park in Vatukoula yesterday. The
06 Jul 2014 10:23

Vatukoula 32
Ovalau 18
WAISEA NASOKIA
vaTUKOULA

What happened: The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Vatukoula side defeated Ovalau 32-18 in the 2014 Skipper Cup competition at Theodore Park in Vatukoula yesterday.
The visitors had only themselves to blame after they were ahead at halftime.
It was the power play by the experienced Vatukoula forwards pack that laid the platform for victory as Ovalau struggled in the scrums.
Four yellow cards were flashed by referee Mikea Rokodrakia in the tense match as most came from dangerous play.
Ovalau started with a bang scoring in the 6th minute from a penalty by Mitieli Lotawa.
13th minute: Vatukoula prop Saimone Nadore was sin-binned. Despite one man down winger Ilikimi Nayacakalou scored a try in the 17th minute to lead 5-3.
Lotawa kicked another penalty in 20 minute for the visitors to lead 6-5.
26th minute: Prop Savenaca Driu scored another try from a pushover which was converted by centre Saimoni Nuku.
30th minute: Ovalau hooker Are Siata was sin-binned, four minutes later Vatukoula flanker Malakai Namalo was also flashed a yellow card.
At the stroke of halftime, Ovalau scored their first try through prop Etoma Soqila which was converted by fullback Iowane Varani. Half time: Vatukoula 12 – Ovalau 13.
44th minute: Veteran fly-half who turned halfback Ratu Emori scored a try under the right post after Nuku made a great break at the half line and off loaded with 15 meters towards the try line.
Fourteen minutes later Lario Koroi scored another try, and in the 69 minute Alivereti Veitokani came off the bench to score a try in the corner.
79th minute: Ovalau’s flanker Joeli Baleiloa scored their lone points in the second spell.
Josateki Guivalu in injury time had the last laugh for the gold miners.
Star turn: Ratu Emori played a grand game at halfback and first-five-eighth in the 80 minutes feeding his next number in delivering quality ball to his fly –half in the forwards landing him a try as well.
Big play: Robust outside centre Saimoni Nuku played well breaking the Ovalau defence even his opposite number with his tough running.
Comments: Vatukoula team manager Meli Balekinakorovatu said, “we are happy with the bonus point win which is crucial for us and Ovalau did gave a good test to our boys, in the whole 80 minutes, Vatukoula played their best in the 30 minutes of the match, the boys did not held on to the ball too long which showed their fitness.”
Ovalau coach Evi Vinakadina said, “We are happy with the effort of the boys.
“We were leading in the first spell but few areas we did not capitalise which cost us the match and that’s all about rugby.”
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