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Suva Fightback To Win

What happened: It was a close call for RC Manubhai Suva as they edged BLK Naitasiri 22-21 in the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Bidesi Ground in Suva yesterday. Fans
11 Jul 2015 09:22
Suva  Fightback To Win
Naitasiri plays defence against Suva during the Skipper Cup clash at Bidesi Grounds yesterday. Suva won 22-21. Photo: Rama

What happened:

It was a close call for RC Manubhai Suva as they edged BLK Naitasiri 22-21 in the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Bidesi Ground in Suva yesterday.

Fans turned up in numbers, despite the cold and wet weather, to witness a good match. Naitasiri looked the better team in the first-half as they put points up on the board just 13 minutes into the game with a penalty kick to Lekima Nasedra, 3-0. A minute later, Nasedra scored the first try of the game with a successful conversion from Kini Douglas, 10-0. Seven minutes later, speedster Nasoni Roko scored Naitasiri’s second try of the game to push their lead, 15-0. Suva tried hard to keep possession but they took too long to settle into the game. Finally, in the 31st minute, Tanoa Damu scored Suva’s first try with a successful conversion by Meli Kurusaru, 7-15.

Halftime: RC Manubhai 15-7 BLK Naitasiri

Suva came back more composed in the second-half and applied pressure on Naitasiri’s defence pushing them back towards their goal line. Constant pressure paid off as Suva was awarded a penalty try which was successfully converted by Jaoji Dakuvula, to move a point behind Naitasiri, 14-15. In the 55th minute, Kini Douglas converted a penalty kick to further Naitasiri’s lead, 18-14. Suva tightened up their defence with Naitasiri delivering attack after attack. In the 60th minute, Etuate Qio managed to score another try for Suva from a pick and drive, to move a point ahead of Naitasiri, 19-18. This was followed by a penalty kick in the 69th minute by Douglas to push Suva’s lead further in front, 22-18. With minutes  remaining, Naitasiri needed every point they could get. In the 75th minute, Naitasiri’s inside back, Lote Raratabu successfully converted a penalty but was unfortunately was not enough as the game ended 22-21.

Star turn: BLK Naitasiri showed a good fighting spirit and came out ready with tries from Tanoa Lekima Nasedra and Nasoni Roko.

Big play: RC Manubhai Suva took time to settle down in the first half but came out stronger in the second half.

Comments: RC Manubhai Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou: “Even though we won, I am disappointed in the way the boys performed.

“We wanted to improve on our performance from our last game but there was no change and we need to go back to the drawing board and really think about how to improve our strengths and weaknesses.”

BLK Naitasiri coach Joji Rinakama: “I am very happy with the boys’ performance, we really gave Suva a run for their money. One thing we need to work on is our discipline, our boy’s need to learn how to play clean and fair rugby and we intend to address that in our training sessions before our next game.”

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