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Lautoka Too Strong

What happened: The match between Lautoka and Ovalau kicked off to a good start in the 7th round of the 2015 Skipper Cup games at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.
05 Jul 2015 10:33
Lautoka Too Strong
Team Lautoka after their match against Ovalau Photo: Sheetal Prasad

What happened:

The match between Lautoka and Ovalau kicked off to a good start in the 7th round of the 2015 Skipper Cup games at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

Ovalau’s fullback Mateo Leonard brought the opening points to the match with a penalty in the 10th minute of the play

It was not long before Lautoka’s Laisenia Tora scored the first try of the match in the 12th minute of play.

Lautoka stayed on the front foot and scored yet another try in the 34th minute by Timoci Vuadreu, which Tora successfully converted.

Ovalau was then awarded a penalty in the 43rd minute, which was converted by Mateo Leonard.

Half-time:

Lautoka 12–6 Ovalau

After a strong pep talk during the breather, Ovalau came back firing and inside centre Meli Vananalagi scored a try.

Following that try by Ovalau, Lautoka came back as Apenisa Waqawai scored a try in the 59th minute.

This was successfully converted by inside back Asaeli Qalova in the 60th minute and pretty much wrapped up the game.

Star play:

Lautoka’s Winger Lepani Seduadua received the best player award for his performance.

Big play:

Ovalau’s Mateo Leonard played well with his kicks to place some points on the score board.

Comments:

Lautoka Manager Timoci Namuaira: “A good game, a win is a win. We were anticipating scoring a bonus point but it fell short. The boys were over-whelmed; they missed a couple of possessions especially at the dying minutes of the game.”

Lautoka’s next match is against Tavua.

Ovalau Manager Nemani Maraiwai: “The team is a development team. The average age is about 19-21, so it is a step by step development thing therefore we might be losing games but we got a very firm strategy in place.

“We are the smallest players, the lightest pack and the youngest in age in this Cup.

“We have identified some technical areas where they were very bad in but they have improved a lot.

“In terms of development we are very happy with some of the aspects.”

Ovalau plays Vatukoula next.

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