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Macuata Thumped By Naitasiri

What happened: BLK Naitasiri scored a bonus point win after thumping Macuata 33-14 in Round 10 of the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Bidesi Ground, Suva yesterday. Macuata had a
25 Jul 2015 13:30
Macuata Thumped By Naitasiri

What happened:

BLK Naitasiri scored a bonus point win after thumping Macuata 33-14 in Round 10 of the 2015 Skipper Cup competition at Bidesi Ground, Suva yesterday.

Macuata had a good start gaining territory early in the game but Naitasiri settled in quickly maintaining possession. In the 12th minute, Mosese Ducivaki bulldozed his way to score Naitasiri’s first try. A successful conversion by Etonia Ravatunawa put them in the lead, 7-0. Macuata struggled to score and instead took advantage of any chance to get points up on the board as Filipo Daugunu converted three penalties before halftime to take lead 9-7.

Halftime: BLK Naitasiri 7-9 Macuata

Naitasiri continued to dominate as they scored four minutes into the second half with a try from Dan Ligairi and successful conversion from Ravatunawa, 14-9. Eight minutes later Sireli Kaloucava scored another try beating defenders to extend Naitasiri’s lead, 21-9. Basic mistakes by both teams showed but Naitasiri were able to contain themselves, with another try in the 57th minute by Iliesa Bulu, 26-9. Macuata had a lot of chances to score but basic handling errors cost them possession. In the 67th minute, Macuata finally got a try from Viliame Gonevulavula to close the gap by 12 points, 26-14. Dan Ligairi had the last say as he scored his second try in the 72nd minute, to seal Naitasiri’s win, 33-14.

Star turn:

BLK Naitasiri’s Dan Ligairi had an incredible performance and scored two tries to help Naitasiri extend their lead.

Big play:

Macuata’s defence was shaky at certain times but they managed to contain Naitasiri.

Comments

Macuata coach Isireli Vesikula: “I really don’t know what is happening with the boys. They did not play according to the game plan and that is something that we really need to work on. We have our last game to play against Tavua and we want to go out with a bang, so hopefully we do better in that game.”

BLK Naitasiri coach Joji Rinakama: “Even though we won, I’m still disappointed in the players because they made basic mistakes. We still have a lot to work on.”

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