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Namosi Upset Champs

  Namosi fullback Iona Tuivuna scored a brilliant match-winning try right on full time as they pipped defending Skipper Cup Champions Nadroga 19-18 at Thomson Park, Navua yesterday. The Stallions
29 May 2016 08:33
Namosi Upset Champs
Namosi fullback, Iona Tuivuna goes in for their second try against Nadroga during Skipper Cup Competition at Thompson park yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

Namosi fullback Iona Tuivuna scored a brilliant match-winning try right on full time as they pipped defending Skipper Cup Champions Nadroga 19-18 at Thomson Park, Navua yesterday.

The Stallions were taken to the wire and had to surrender at the end to the gallant Namosi side.

What happened: Nadroga started on a high note with hooker Iliesa Leca scoring their first try to give them a 5-0 lead. Namosi with the backing of their vocal home crowd hit back with a try to winger Timoci Senaite, which was converted to give them a 7-5 lead.

Nadroga pressured Namosi into mistakes and at times tempers flared, this resulted in two penalties, which were converted by Nadroga first five eight Jonetani Ralulu to give them a handy 11-7 lead at the interval

Halftime: Nadroga 11-7

Nadroga started the match strongly in the second half and went further ahead with a try as Ralulu added the extra two points to lead 18-7.

Then it was all Namosi from there onwards and Senaite was again at his top form and scored his second try as Namosi trailed 12-18. The hosts never gave up before Tuivuna scored that brilliant try from a set move with Solo Drau’s conversion to give them a 19-18 victory.

Star turn: Tuivuna was the star for Namosi. The stylish fullback put up a gutsy performance to score the match winning try.

Big plays: Namosi forwards maintained their composure and stood their ground against  Nadroga.

Comments

Namosi manager Daniele Cakaunivalu praised his players for the win.

“This is one of the important victories for us and I thank my players for playing a good game. The players listened to our instructions which resulted in the win.

“We knew Nadroga would be hard to beat and we were prepared. We were positive of our chances in this competition and we will do our best to win our remaining games.”

Nadroga manager Apakuki Tuitavua said Namosi was a better side.

“The competition is getting tougher and we are surprised. We made a few crucial mistakes which resulted in our loss. Our next game is against Suva and it will be crucial for us and we have to win.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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