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Stallions Run Riot Over Tailevu

What happened: BLK Nadroga managed a bonus point after beating a tough Tailevu side 45-18 in the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday. BLK Nadroga kicked started
05 Jul 2015 10:55
Stallions Run Riot Over Tailevu
BLK’s Nadroga’s Seru Cakobau on the attack against Tailevu during the Skipper Cup at Lawaqa Park yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

What happened:

BLK Nadroga managed a bonus point after beating a tough Tailevu side 45-18 in the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday.

BLK Nadroga kicked started the first half with a try in the third minute by Nemani Nagusa, who scored under the posts. Josese Kurokavu with a successful conversion to give Nadroga a 7-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Tailevu capitalised on Nadroga’s mistakes and was awarded a penalty kick by James Gavidi, which was successful, 7-3. In the 10th minute, Tailevu managed a try from Aporosa Tabulawaki beating two defenders to score, 8-7.

Nadroga could not settle down quick enough as they continued to make basic mistakes. Tailevu looked the better side keeping composure and capitalising on Nadroga’s mistakes as they applied pressure.

Nadroga finally made a breakthrough in the 26th minute with a try to Ifereimi Tovilevu to push Nadroga’s lead 12-8.

Tailevu used every opportunity they could get to get points up on the board with successful penalty kick from Jo Navue, 11-12. Four minutes before half time, Nadroga scored yet another try from a pick and drive by openside Jone Navori. It was converted to give the Stallions a 19-11 lead.

Half-time: Nadroga 19-11 Tailevu

Tailevu came back stronger in the second spell applying pressure on the Nadroga defence as they spent five minutes in Nadroga’s half. In the 49th minute, Apete Salawaqavuka scored Nadroga’s fourth try to lead 24-11. Nadroga gained composure denying Tailevu the chance to get near their try line showing incredible defence. Nadroga’s constant pressure on the Tailevu defence finally paid with the referee awarding them a penalty to Aisea Natoga, 31-11.

With Neori Racule for Tailevu copping a yellow card, Nadroga took advantage as Farasiko Ranuku scored their sixth try three minutes later, a successful conversion from Natoga pushed Nadroga further in the lead, 38-11.

Tailevu struggled to contain Nadroga’s forwards and were punished for it as Eremasi Radrodro scored another try for Nadroga in the 74th minute, 45-11.

At full time, Tailevu’s Neori Nacule was awarded a penalty try but it was not enough to win the game, which ended 45-18.

Star turn:

Taulevu showed promise in the first half as they gave Nadroga a run for their money.

Big play:

BLK Nadroga showed class in the second half as they came back to thump Tailevu.

Comments:

Tailevu coach Rusiate Kaibau: “We played a very good first half and put Nadroga under pressure. I am very pleased with the boys’ performance and how they conducted themselves.

BLK Nadroga coach Esala Nauga: “I want to really thank the boys for a very good performance. We had a slow start, but they made up for it in the second half. I take my hat off to Tailevu.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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