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Nadi Beats Naitasiri

  Jack’s Nadi upset BLK Naitasiri in their home ground wining 21-17 in round two of the 2016 Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. What happened: Nadi
08 May 2016 13:45
Nadi Beats Naitasiri
Action between Nadi and Naitasiri during the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

Jack’s Nadi upset BLK Naitasiri in their home ground wining 21-17 in round two of the 2016 Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

What happened:

Nadi fans were not disappointed as they drew first blood in the seventh minute with a try from Isoa Donaldson and converted by Kavekini Varo,  7-0.

Naitasiri took a while to settle into the game but Nadi took advantage of that with Joeli Koroi scoring the second try for the visitors, 12-0.

Three minutes later, Donaldson made a drop goal to extend Nadi’s lead 15-0. Naitasiri tried hard to penetrate the Nadi defence but their efforts proved futile.

Etonia Rokotisawa kicked the points for Naitasiri to close the gap 3-15. Two minutes later another penalty was awarded to Nadi which Varo dissected the uprights, 18-3.

With the home crowd advantage, Rokotuisawa finally managed to score a try and kicking the conversion, 10-18.

Nadi’s Kelepi Ketedromo was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle. A penalty awarded to Nadi in the 37th minute allowed Varo to put his team ahead 21-10.

Halftime: Naitasiri 10-21 Nadi

The second spell kicked off with four yellow cards being issued; two to Naitasiri’s Rokotuisawa and Jone Buadromo and two to Nadi Joape Masitabua and Peni Tuvu.

While Nadi’s defence proved solid keeping the Naitasiri attackers at bay, the home team committed a lot of mistakes and did not utilise possession to their advantage. However, their resilience showed as they came close to scoring against Nadi on a number of occasions.

With constant pressure a penalty try was awarded to Naitasiri and Rokotuisawa kicked the conversion closing the gap 17-21. With only seven minutes left to play, it was not enough time for the home team to pull a win.

Big play:

Rokotuisawa gave his team a fighting chance with his try and added points from his boot.

Star turn

Nadi played a brilliant game, solid defence and  capitalising on mistakes by Naitasiri.

Comments

BLK Naitasiri coach Joji Rinakama: “We basically lost concentration in the first 10 minutes and that really affected us. We played catch-up rugby the whole time and that is something we do not want to be doing in this competition. Nadi was the better team and we have to go back to the drawing board and work on what went wrong in time for our next game.”

Jack’s Nadi coach Usaia Koroivunalagi: “I want to thank Naitasiri for giving us a tough game and fans who came out in to support us. It was a very tough game especially since Naitasiri beat champions Nadroga in their last game. ”

Edited by Osea Bola

 

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