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Win At Last For Tailevu!

The Tailevu rugby team registered their first Skipper Cup win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. The Samisoni Baikeitoga-coached side dumped Vatukoula 22-17. What happened: Tailevu officials and fans were
22 May 2016 11:02
Win At Last For Tailevu!
Action between Tailevu and Vatikoula during the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Photo: STELLA MORESIO

The Tailevu rugby team registered their first Skipper Cup win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. The Samisoni Baikeitoga-coached side dumped Vatukoula 22-17.

What happened:

Tailevu officials and fans were in for a shock when Vatukoula’s Emori Ratu scored the first try in the 7th minute. They led 5-0 after Atunaisa Raralevu’s conversion went wide.

It took the host time to settle down before they started to counter Vatukoula tactics. It immediately paid dividend as the visitors made mistakes and Tailevu punished them by converting a penalty as they trailed 5-3. Tailevu took the lead 6-5 in the 24th minute through another penalty.

A few minutes later Josevani Drava scored Tailevu’s first try to extend their lead to 11-5. In the last minute of the game Vatukoula closed the gap when Setareki Masibalavu scored a try, which was not converted.

Halftime: Tailevu 11-10 Vatukoula

Tailevu started the second half with a penalty as they went ahead 14-10. They fought on and scored their second try to Neori Racula to take the scores to 19-10. The host kicked in another penalty as led 22-10.

With time running out, Vatukoula fought back and managed to score a converted try to Evueli Tamani

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Vatukoula coach Nemani Balenaceva said they played well eventhough they lost.

“It’s just we did not make the right decisions so we will try to work on this for our next game against Macuata.”

Tailevu coach Samisoni Baikitoga said the players played to expectation and the win was something they needed.

“I told the boys we need to work hard and this was something we needed in order to stay in the competition.”

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