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One Down For Nadroga

The Aminiasi Nava-captained Jack’s Nadi side lost 23-26 to holders BLK Nadroga in the first HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. What happened: Nadi came
30 Aug 2015 11:25
One Down For Nadroga
One down for Nadro... BLK Nadroga players celebrate their win over Jack’s Nadi during the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

The Aminiasi Nava-captained Jack’s Nadi side lost 23-26 to holders BLK Nadroga in the first HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: Nadi came out firing in the first-half, but indiscipline let them down.

Nadroga fullback Tikilaci Vuibau kicked his first penalty in the 4th minute.

In the 16th minute Nadi was penalised near the halfway mark and Vuibau was on target again.

Three minutes later number eight Eremasi Radrodro intercepted a pass from their own territory to score under the crossbar which was converted by Vuibau to lead 13-0.

Nadi’s fullback Setareki Tuicuvu was able to penetrate the Stallions’ defence to score in the corner in the 23rd minute.

Nadi was penalised again in the 30th minute and Vuibau extended the lead 16-5.

In the 36th minute Apisalome Waqatabu broke the Nadi backline with the second intercept of the day to score. Conversion successful.

Halftime: Nadroga 23-5 Nadi.

Nadroga copped a blow when Nemani Nagusa was sin-binned for high tackle in the early spell.

Tuicuvu kicked a penalty in 46th minute before lock Lote Nasiga closing the gap with a try.

Nadi scored through Nava which was  converted by Tuicuvu for the teams to draw 23-23.

Star turn: Tikilaci Vuibau played a man of the match performance.

Big play: Aminiasi Nava and Jock Liuta worked hard for Nadi.

Comments: Nadroga captain Nemani Nagusa said, “The scoreline was close because we play similar kind of game pattern.”

Nadi manager Jeff Tamata said, “We disagreed on a few calls against us.  We fought back in the second-half, but fell short in the end.”

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