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Malolo upset Northland at Lawaqa

  Newcomers Malolo scored another upset win in the Skipper Cup competition when they beat Northland 37-33 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. What happened: Malolo started with a bang when
04 Jun 2016 11:36
Malolo upset Northland at Lawaqa
Northland players is nabbed by Malolo player during th Skipper Cup match at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Newcomers Malolo scored another upset win in the Skipper Cup competition when they beat Northland 37-33 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: Malolo started with a bang when Meli Qainiuci scored under the post and they took a 7-0 lead with the conversion successful. They piled on the pressure and five minutes later No.8 Atunaisa Kulavere extended their lead to 12-0 with another try, which was not converted. Northland’s winger Osea Cole was sent to the sinbin by referee Waisea Cakau for a high tackle.

In the 18th minute veteran Northland hooker Sireli Ledua scored their first try and was converted as they narrowed the deficit 7-12. Six minutes later, they levelled the scores 12-12 when centre Mesake Tuinamena scored an unconverted try. In the 26th minute, Qainiuci put Malolo back in front when he kicked in a penalty, 15-12. But Northland hit back when Tuinamena scored his second try which was converted by first five eight Josua Yavala as they took the lead 19-15. Not to be outdone Malolo fought back and centre Seru Naitau ran in their third try with Qainiuci converting as they regained the lead at the interval.

Halftime: Malolo 22-19 Northland

In the second spell Northland came out firing and in the 41st minute prop Mosese Sela scored their fourth try which was converted by Yavala as took a 26-22 lead.

Five minutes later Malolo flanker Venioni Vuki who had captained the side since 2014 came off the bench and scored a try as they took a slender 27-26 lead. In the 52nd minute Nacanieli Labalaba increased Malolo’s tally with an unconverted try, 32-27.

But Northland through Lemeki Tuyawa took the lead again when he scored a try which was converted by Tuinamena, 33-32. In the 76th minute Vuki was sin binned for spear tackle. With two minutes remaining in the match, Malolo winger Labalaba struck again with his second try to give them victory.

Star Turn: Northland first five eight Yavala put on a man of the match performance.

Big Plays: Wily Malolo first five eight Juita Lutumailagi stood out as usual despite coming in as a substitute.

Comments

Malolo assistant coach Jonetani Ratu said: “The boys played a grand game. We had trained to hold Northland due to their bulky forwards but the least we expect is a win hence it is a bonus.”

Northland coach Timoci Tinaviti said, “Malolo did give us the open style rugby which we had expected. Our downfall was in the first half but we came back in the second spell to get the bonus point for the tries we scored, and that is important.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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