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Vuki Leads Malolo To Victory

The Veniona Vuki-captained Malolo rugby side was crowned the new winner of the Vodafone Rugby Trophy after defeating Cakaudrove 34-16 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Winger Nacanieli Labalaba
13 Sep 2015 10:20
Vuki Leads Malolo To Victory
2015 Vodafone Rugby Cup champions Malolo. Photo: Talei Mow

The Veniona Vuki-captained Malolo rugby side was crowned the new winner of the Vodafone Rugby Trophy after defeating Cakaudrove 34-16 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

Winger Nacanieli Labalaba scored two tries in Malolo’s win.

Malolo lead 22-0 at halftime with the first try scored by loose forward Tuifagalele Sorovakatini and former Nadroga first five-eighth Jiuta Lutumailagi kicking three conversions and one penalty.

In the second-half Malolo maintained their work rate with a try to half back Joseva Kuricuva which was converted by Lutumailagi.

In the 48 minute Kitione Kamikamica kicked a drop goal to register Cakaudrove’s first points of the match.

Fullback John Chute scored a try and flanker Veniona Vuki pulled one back for Malolo.

Referee Johnson Lee awarded Cakaudrove a penalty try after Malolo was penalised on their five-metre line.

Chute again kicked two penalties but it was too late and too far to change the scoreboard.

Comments: Malolo captain Veniona Vuki said, “We made couple of mistakes but the boys played well in the first-half. A win is a win which we had already in the first-half; after all we are looking forward to the Farebrother Challenge which we will play for the first time.”

Cakaudrove manager Ben Ratuvuki said, “This year we fielded a lot of new players but it is a build-up for next year. Congratulation to Malolo they dominated the game but we will be back next year.”

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