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Lucky Escape For Suva

The Mesake Tukai captained-Suva side escaped with a narrow 24-20 win over Malolo 24-20 in the fourth round of the Skipper Cup clash at Lawaqa Park,  Sigatoka yesterday. What happened:
22 May 2016 10:26
Lucky Escape For Suva
Suva's Peni Naulago receives tha ball against Malolo during the Skipper Cup match at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Mesake Tukai captained-Suva side escaped with a narrow 24-20 win over Malolo 24-20 in the fourth round of the Skipper Cup clash at Lawaqa Park,  Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: Suva started with a bang when their big forwards took control and bulldozed their way into the Malolo half. The host buckled under pressure and made mistakes. In the 7th minute Suva fullback Jioji Raqamate converted a penalty as they took a 3-0 lead.

Malolo struck back as they scored twice, a space of six minutes. The first try came from winger Aminiasi Tuimaba while prop Nemani Camainakelo ran in the second. Both were not converted as they hit the front 10-3.

With just eight minutes remaining in the first half robust Suva number 8 Aca Simolo scored their first try with Raqamate converting as they drew level 10-10.

And with a minute to go in the half Suva lock Peni Naulago scored a flamboyant try with Raqamate adding the extras.

Half-time: Suva 17 – Malolo 10.

In the second spell, Malolo dominated possession and went all out on attack as the visitors defended desperately.

In the 47 minute Malolo first five eight Jiuta Lutumailagi narrowed the deficit 17-12 with a penalty after the Suva forwards were penalised for not rolling away from the ruck.

In the 61 minute Suva centre Mosese Baravilala was sinbinned by referee Johnson Lee for foul play.

Seven minutes later lock Sorovakatini Tuifagalele scored a try after picking up a loose ball from the lineout. Centre Meli Qaniuci converted to put Malolo in front 20-17.

But their joy was short-lived in the 77th minute Suva opted for a scrum from a penalty. Their big forwards took control as they worked their way to the try line resulting in hooker Seru Cakobau scoring the winning try. Substitute centre Mosese Tikoduadua added the conversion leaving the scores at 24-20.

Big plays: Malolo’s Veniona Vuki and Jiuta Lutumailagi proved to be the trump cards as they read the game well.

Star turn: Suva’s Peni Naulago put on a man of the match performance.

Comments: Suva coach Akuila Nasi said, “It was a tight game for Suva. Malolo was physical, just like playing Nadroga at their turf. At times we did not play to plan which let us down. We have to have faith in the game we play and patterns we’ve adopted as it will give us victory in the end.”

Malolo manager Tevita Sadrata said: “We are happy with the way we had played. We know Suva is a big team and we are new but have learnt a lot from them. It was a close match and it lifted our confidence as we can turn the table the next time we meet.”

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