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Rokotuisawa Saves The Day

What happened: The Namosi rugby side suffered their first loss in the Skipper Cup competition when they went down 12-10 to Naitasiri at Thompson Park, Navua yesterday. Naitasiri got their
22 May 2016 11:04
Rokotuisawa Saves The Day
Aliposo Rauto scored the first point for Namosi yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

What happened: The Namosi rugby side suffered their first loss in the Skipper Cup competition when they went down 12-10 to Naitasiri at Thompson Park, Navua yesterday.

Naitasiri got their 12 points from the boots of first five eight Etonia Rokotuisawa who kicked in four penalties.

It was a scrappy first half performance from both teams as they continue to commit unforced errors and failed to maintain possession. Hosts Namosi had a lot of scoring opportunities but failed to execute them as the Naitasiri defence stood tall. The Highlanders recorded their first points when Rokotuisawa converted a penalty, 3-0.

Namosi regrouped and their powerful forwards led by captain, Iakobo Bose and Pateresio Tuilawaki forced their way deep into the Naitasiri half. Their efforts were rewarded with a try to centre Aliposo Rauto with Ilai Tinai failing to convert, 5-3.

Naitasiri players lost their cool after former national sevens forward Manueli Laqai copped a yellow card for dangerous play.  Naitasiri continued to lose possession through careless mistakes but were fortunate that Rokotuisawa managed to put them ahead 6-5 with his second penalty.

He again extended the lead with another successful penalty attempt as they led 9-5. While Naitasiri played with 14-men, Namosi took advantage of it resulting in lock Petero Suiniika running in their second try as they regained the lead 10-9. This was to be short-lived as Rokotuisawa sealed Naitasiri’s win with his fourth penalty.

Big play: Namosi were ruthless in attack which saw them score two tries.

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Naitasiri head coach Reverend Jioji Rinakama said they could have scored tries.

“It was a good game, we could have scored tries but the players made some wrong decisions in the first half. Namosi were good in their cover defence.

“Win is a win whether by penalties or tries. Discipline was our weakness today that’s one area we will need to improve.”

Namosi head coach Maxwell Hughes said they gave the game away.

“Next week we will be playing Nadroga and we need to improve on our kicking and our organisation of the game. We look at Nadroga as a giant but we will be ready for them.”

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