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Step Up For Fans: Tinaviti

Northland’s coach Timoci Tinaviti was a disappointed man at Gatward Park yesterday. Despite the Northlands 31-15 thumping win over winless Tavua, Tinaviti vented his frustration on the players after the
10 Jul 2016 14:42
Step Up For Fans: Tinaviti
Northland skipper Isireli Ledua

Northland’s coach Timoci Tinaviti was a disappointed man at Gatward Park yesterday.

Despite the Northlands 31-15 thumping win over winless Tavua, Tinaviti vented his frustration on the players after the game for a substandard, below par first half performance.

It was not the dress rehearsal he envisaged from his team as they geared up for the last two rounds of the 2016 Skipper Cup against Namosi and defending champions BLK Nadroga.

Tavua led Northland 15-12 at halftime.

“Definitely not what I expected and not the way rugby should be played nowadays,” Tinaviti said.

“I included four new players in the first half to add depth in the bench as we near the business-end of the competition.

“But it’s a coach nightmare to stand on the sideline watching your men executing what they were not trained to do.”

Tinaviti said the players are the pride of Northland Tailevu and they need to rise to the occasion as fans turned up week in week out expecting a better show.

“I’m not happy despite the win because we could have scored more tries,” he said.

“Northland has a growing fan-base and we need to perform to expectations. The onus is on us to reset, rebuild and up the momentum as we have been doing in the past.”

 

14 men for 30 minutes

Northland played with 14 men for 30 minutes after Sailasa Vasua, Osea Celo and Anasa Vakacalai were yellow carded.

But Tavua could not take advantage of the shortfall as they lack the execution, firepower and fitness to last.

Both teams scored two tries in the first half but Northland took control in the second half.

The forwards inspired by veteran Isireli Ledua dismantled Tavua upfront resulting in a penalty try.

Two more tries was scored by Waisake Tuinamena and Savenaca Gauna.

“Yellow cards a concern, three in a game is not a good sign,” Tinaviti said.

“We need to address the issue, we need to play by the rules.”

Tavua will be one of the four teams facing relegation in 2017. They need a complete overhaul if they are to be competitive or rejoined the major ranks.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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