Tailevu Push To Get It Right

Tailevu will up the ante in their preparation when round seven of the Skipper Cup competition resumes on June 25. And they will spend a few days every week training
05 Jun 2016 15:04
Tailevu Push To Get It Right
Panapasa Rokobiau of Tailevu scores their first try against Macuata during the Skipper Cup clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Tailevu will up the ante in their preparation when round seven of the Skipper Cup competition resumes on June 25.

And they will spend a few days every week training at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in Delainabua to get them in battle mode before they face the might of defending champion Nadroga at Ratu Cakobau Park.

Coach Samisoni Bakeitoga rued the missed opportunities after the 13-13 draw with Macuata in Nausori yesterday.

“We will be training in Delainabua next week,” Bakeitoga said.

“We need to up the ante before round seven resumes as it’s going to be tougher and tougher from now on.

“Too many hits and misses in our play and we need to maximise opportunities and make correct decisions at crucial times.

“We had many occasions to score but we need to be cohesive than disjointed in our effort to barge over the tryline.

“It’s been so close yet so far for us and that’s a nightmare for a coach because you trained players to overcome obstacles not attempting it again and again.”

Macuata Rugby secretary Ropate Rakadi said focusing on the basics was their target.

“We aim to get it right on the fundamentals and we are progressing since round one against Malolo,” Rakadi said.

“The tie is our second in Viti Levu after we drew 8-8 with Vatukoula. We should have won but we flunked many opportunities because we did not play smart. We’ve ample time to prepare now before we face the might of Naitasiri and Suva.”

What happened: Macuata drew first blood with a try to Isaia Kilikili. This was a result of a poor clearance by Tailevu allowing Macuata to counterattack resulting in a try in the corner, 5-0.

Player-of-the match Tailevu scrumhalf Maika Baleinaloto kept his side in striking distance with a penalty, 5-3.

Tailevu scored a good try with more players involved, changing direction before Panapasa Rokobiau dived over the tryline. Baleinaloto converted try, 10-5.

Macuata openside flanker Albert Tuisue finished a good move for the teams to level 10-10 at halftime.

Both teams missed scoring opportunities in the second half. With more patience and concerted effort, Tailevu could have scored their second try after they were camping close to the Macuata’s tryline for more than five minutes.

Macuata forwards spilled the ball on the tryline towards the end of the game.

The teams managed to kick a penalty each for their only points in the second half.

Big plays: Macuata No.8 Nemani Biu was stellar in defence.

Star turn: Tailevu’s No.9 Baleinaloto deserved a man of the match performance.


Tailevu coach Samisoni Baikeitoga: “Two weeks to prepare before the next round. Former Tailevu reps like Seremaia Bai and Henry Seniloli have offered to help.”

Macuata Rugby secretary Ropate Rakadi: “Getting the fundamentals right going forward is the focus if we are to be in the top eight. We are getting there but more input needed in the next few weeks.”


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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