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Second Bonus Win for Northland

Isireli Ledua continues to be the mainstay of the Northland rugby team in the Skipper Cup competition. And yesterday the tireless workhorse deserved the man-of-the- match award after the 36-13
29 May 2016 11:31
Second Bonus Win for  Northland
Actions from the match between Northland and Tailevu yesterday.Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Isireli Ledua continues to be the mainstay of the Northland rugby team in the Skipper Cup competition.

And yesterday the tireless workhorse deserved the man-of-the- match award after the 36-13 demolition of Tailevu at Gatward Park in Korovou.

A soldier by profession, he was always in the thick of battle and takes responsibility when the engagement gets tough.

He scored one of the six tries scored by the hosts linking well with evergreen and pivot Ilimeleki Leiloma.

“Ledua puts on another good show and always an exemplary leader,” Northland coach Timoci Tinaviti.

“He is a doer and our go-to -man and our young players look up to him for motivation.

“Overall the team played well, the boys continue to gel and the rapport within the team is improving. It’s our second bonus win after five rounds of the Skipper Cup and that’s a sign of progress and improvement. But there are lots of areas to work on as the competition intensifies in the coming weeks.”

Tailevu coach Samisoni Bakeitoga said his players failed to absorb the pressure and the intensity.

“The pressure from inside and outside the field put us off track,” he said.

“We make it easier for Northland as they continue to build and up the momentum. We are trying to develop the team for the future.

“And simultaneously we need to keep our spot in the Top Eight for next season. And for this we need to strengthen our player base to compete at provincial level.

“Other districts are getting players from outside their zone and it definitely boost them. We will seek audience with the president of the Fiji Rugby Union, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to re-direct the Forces teams (Army, Police, National Fire Authority) who used to play in Tailevu to help us beef up competition. I think this is the way forward if we are to be competitive at  provincial level.”

What happened: Northland took control from the start and never wilted as they consolidated their dominance on the game.

The forwards laid the platform for the win scoring three to Tailevu’s one to lead 19-5 at halftime. And individual counterattack by Leiloma split the Tailevu defence resulting in Ledua scoring the fourth try.

Two more tries by Northland sealed the good win.

Big plays: Another good round for Ledua leading by example

Star turn: Leiloma orchestrated attack well and his kicking game helped Northland territorially.

Comments:

Tailevu coach Samisoni Bakeitoga: “The disparity in the scoreline reflected that more work needed for us to be competitive.  We will be hosting the next three games and that is an advantage to us.”

Northland coach Timoci Tinaviti: “Malolo is up next for us and we need to tidy up play, especially the little things.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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