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Suva Trounce Hapless Tailevu

  Suva thrashed Tailevu 43-18 in the third round of the Skipper Cup competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday. What happened: Suva got off to a shaky start as
15 May 2016 14:00
Suva Trounce Hapless Tailevu
Suva's Rupeni Waqanisau scores the third try for Suva against Tailevu during the 2016 Skipper Cup competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

 

Suva thrashed Tailevu 43-18 in the third round of the Skipper Cup competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

What happened: Suva got off to a shaky start as they found themselves defending in the early minutes against Tailevu’s barrage of attacks. That quickly changed when they finally got hold of the ball as Jeremaia Tokamalua scored the first try, 5-0.

Tailevu’s defence let them down as Suva kept pressuring their small forwards with another try from Rusiate Tadulala to further their lead, 10-0. Basic mistakes was prevalent amongst Tailevu players as Suva took advantage with Mosese Tikoduadua getting nine points from his boots, 19-0.

Tailevu showed a glimpse of promise as Nemia Cavulati scored their first try and a successful conversion from Eparama Senikuraciri gave them a fighting chance, 19-7. Suva, however, got one try back just before half time through Rupeni Waqanisau, 24-7.

Half time: Suva 24-7 Tailevu

Tailevu managed to settle down in the second spell as they applied pressure on Suva forcing them to make errors giving Senikuraciri to bag six points from penalty kicks, 24-13 to close the gap.

Suva’s Jioji Rigamoto wasted no time in scoring 20 minutes into the second half, 29-13. Tadulala scored his second try five minutes with a perfect conversion from Rigamoto to extend their lead, 36-13.

Suva fell back as handling errors were prevalent allowing Tailevu’s Epeli Misiamete to score a try, 36-18. Suva were too strong in the end as winger Taniela Naqali scored the last try with Rigamoto adding the two points, 43-18.

Star turn: Tailevu winger Cavulati was the impact player creating play but poor follow ups let them down.

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Suva coach Akuila Nasi said there is still room for improvement.

“Judging from this game, it is clear that we still need some improvements even though we have improved from our last game. Our defence is what let us down at times which allowed Tailevu to score and in a game like this we cannot afford to let that happen.”

Tailevu coach Inoke Male said: “I’m happy with the boy’s performance but there were some decisions by the referee that we were not happy about.

“This is our development team and they really did well against a top team like Suva.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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