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Suva Remain Unbeaten

  The Mesake Tukai captained-Suva rugby side recorded their third bonus point victory of the Skipper Cup after hammering Lautoka 30-12 at Nadovu Park, Lautoka yesterday. But it was not
29 May 2016 12:27
Suva Remain Unbeaten
Suva players on the attack against Lautoka in Skipper Cup match at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Mesake Tukai captained-Suva rugby side recorded their third bonus point victory of the Skipper Cup after hammering Lautoka 30-12 at Nadovu Park, Lautoka yesterday. But it was not easy for the visitors as they were put under extreme pressure and had work harder to pull away with a win.

What happened: Suva opened the scoring sheet with first five eight Mosese Tikoduadua slotting the first three pointers from a penalty, 3-0. Two minutes later Lautoka winger, Sam Speight scored their first try as they took a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth minute Lautoka flanker Luke Gavidi scored their second try and was converted by halfback Asaeli Qalova to extend their lead 12-3. At the stroke of half time bustling Suva centre Nemani Talemaitoga dotted their first try to close the gap.

Halftime: Suva 11 – 12 Lautoka

Then the big Suva forwards took control of the match, which resulted to a try to Number 8 Alipate Mataivelia in the 46th  minute.

In the 58th minute referee Lote Saudranu awarded a penalty try to Suva after the Lautoka forwards failed to keep the momentum on the scrum. Fullback Jioji Ragamate slotted the conversion 23-12.  In the 75th minute Suva flanker Fotu Fetaia was sinbinned for a professional foul and was later followed by Lautoka hooker Pita Vukimatama.

Suva capitalised on the situation and through one of their forward drives saw Jitoko Usumaki score right on injury time with Ragamate’s conversion successful.

Star turn: Suva forwards especially the tight fives played full 80 minutes of rugby.

Big plays: Suva’s Kalitavti Tawake put on a man of the match performance.

Comments: Suva coach Akuila Nasi said, “We are happy with the third bonus point win but Lautoka played a good game scoring two tries in the first half.

“We have to work really hard during the week, we need to work on our phase play and most of the possessions were contested especially the ruck.”

Lautoka coach Ifereimi Rawaqa said, “We started well and scored two tires in 15 minutes. We conceded a lot of penalties and could not hold on. Suva came back in the last 15 minutes. We need depth in our squad especially the tight five.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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