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BLK Nadroga Punish Namosi 43-5

The BLK Nadroga team punished Namosi 43-5 during the sixth HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. They proved once and for all that the Stallions are
05 Oct 2014 17:19
BLK Nadroga Punish Namosi  43-5
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Kavekini Tabu scores their lone try against Australia during the Oceania 7s Championship men’s final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 9, 2019. Tabu is expected to make his debut in the World Sevens Series in Dubai. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The BLK Nadroga team punished Namosi 43-5 during the sixth HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.
They proved once and for all that the Stallions are reaping the benefits of their development programme.
The Stallions played their hearts out in front of a jam packed stadium. They have successfully defended the title against Naitasiri, Suva, Northland, Naitasiri Northern Bulls and Tailevu.
Nadroga has already bagged $30,000 from their six wins, however the side has not decided on what they will do with the cash prize.
What happened:
The Stallions galloped to a firing start with a try to inside centre Eroni Vasiteri in the 2nd minute, converted by Jiuta Lutumailagi.

14th minute– Vasiteri touched down after breaking past Namosi’s defence, conversion successful by Lutumailagi.

17th minute – Nadroga fullback Mitieli Nacagilevu dazzled Namosi’s defence touching down under the post and kicked the conversion.

25th minute – Namosi reduced the deficit with a try to Viliame Satala.

Halftime: Nadroga 21-5 Namosi.

48th minute – Nadroga’s inside centre Ratunaisa Vatuinaruku secured three points from a penalty.
By this time, the Stallions turned the game in their favour with tries in the 62nd minute to Manoa Tamaya and in the 67th minute to Apisai Moimoi.
Both tries converted by Nacagilevu.
But the Stallions had not finished punishing Namosi after No. 8 Ulaiasi Lawavou crossed the line in the 78th minute.

Big Play:
Nadroga’s Eroni Vasiteri was the man to watch after he secured two tries for his side and created opportunities for his teammates. He was named man-of-the-match by Vodafone Flying Fijians coach John McKee.

Comments:
Nadroga captain Seru Cakobau said; “Our strategy was to stick together, control and dominan and maintain ball possession.
“Namosi’s defence was tough to break but we kept the pressure on them until we scored.”
Namosi officials refused to comment, however captain and former Flying Fijian Asaeli Boko thanked Nadroga for the game.
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