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In-form Namosi Set Pace

What happened: Namosi has pushed their way into the top four of the 2015 Skipper Cup competition after narrowly beating Northland 19-17 at Gatward Park, Korovou, yesterday. Namosi drew first
26 Jul 2015 10:39
In-form Namosi Set Pace
Northland’s Ilimeleki Leiloma on his way to socre against Namosi during their Skipper Cup match at Gatward Park in Korovou yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

What happened:
Namosi has pushed their way into the top four of the 2015 Skipper Cup competition after narrowly beating Northland 19-17 at Gatward Park, Korovou, yesterday.
Namosi drew first blood as Sakuisa Malai kicked a penalty, 3-0.
Three minutes later, Northland replied with a try by Akariva Tiniciwaciwa which was converted by Ilimeleki Leiloma7-0. Namosi took any opportunity they could get as Malai converted another penalty in the 12th minute, 6-7.
A lot of hard-hitting rugby as Northland played with 14 men with Sitiveni Loganivau receiving a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. In the 30th minute, another yellow card was issued to Joe Tukana reducing Northland’s team to 13 men. Namosi failed to take advantage of the 13 men squad Northland had and continued to make mistakes as Northland took advantage with Leiloma successfully kicking another penalty, 10-6.
Halftime: Northland 10-6 Namosi
Namosi got the first points up on the board three minutes into the second spell with a penalty kick from Malai, 10-9.
Northland’s constant pressure on Namosi’s defence earned them a try from Leiloma in the 49th minute and with a successful conversion extended Northland’s lead, 17-9.
Namosi could not handle the pressure, making basic mistakes costing them possession near their try line. In the 67th minute, Abele Yalayalatabua for Namosi scored a try in the corner beating two defenders, Malai failed to get the extra two points, 17-14.
With a good offload from Kitione Taliga, Yalayalatabua scored his second try with five minutes to go in the game to seal Namosi’s victory, 19-17.
Star turn: Namosi’s Abele Yalayalatabua scored two tries to help Namosi take the lead in the later stages of the game.
Big play:
Northland loose-head Sailosi Sirisirivalu could have extended their lead as Namosi basically handed them the ball but lack of speed and support prevented Northland from scoring.
Comments
Namosi coach Timoci Wainiqolo: “First of all, I really want to thank the boys and the supporters for a job well done. It was a really close game and I am really happy with the outcome but I think the boys could have done better.
“We lost concentration in the first-half which led Northland to lead. We play our next game against Ovalau and that will surely book our spot in the semifinals if we win. So, for now it’s back to the drawing board for us.”
Northland manager Maciu Koroi: “We played a good game, we performed well in the first and second-half but I would say we were unfortunate and it was Namosi’s lucky day today.
“But in the end, one team has to lose and one has to win, it’s just a shame that we had to lose. However, we still congratulate Namosi for making it into the top four and we wish them luck in their games ahead.”

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