Suva Down Nadi In A Thriller

  The RC Manubhai Suva rugby side scored five tries as they ran away with a 36-33 win over Jack’s Nadi in the Skipper Cup battle at Prince Charles Park,
17 Jul 2016 12:07
Suva Down Nadi In A Thriller
RC Manubhai Suva's Orisi Turagava scores the winning try against Jacks Nadi in the Skipper Cup match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA


The RC Manubhai Suva rugby side scored five tries as they ran away with a 36-33 win over Jack’s Nadi in the Skipper Cup battle at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday. Nadi were unfortunate when first five eight Atunaisa Vatuinaruku’s penalty attempt right at fulltime hit the cross bar and went out.

What happened: In the opening 10 minutes Vatuinaruku kicked in two penalties as Nadi led 6-0. Suva crawled their way back into the game when Mosese Tikoduadua slotted in a penalty as they trailed 6-3. But Nadi hit back through winger Frederick Hicks who ran in their first try to extend their lead 11-3 before lock forward Joeli Lesavua scored their second try.

In the 36th minute, through a solo effort Suva winger Meli Rusa chipped the ball ahead and raced down the sideline to collect the bounce and outpaced Vatuinaruku to the tryline with Tikoduadua adding the extras.

Half time: Nadi 16-10 Suva

Eight minutes into the second spell Aporosa Duwai scored Suva’s second try with Tikoduadua’s conversion taking the score to 17-16. In the 50th minute Nadi winger Jonetani Mateiwai was sinbinned for a dangerous tackle and with a man down they ran in a try to Inia Naqia which was converted as they retained the lead 23-17.

Suva fought back and narrowed the deficit 23-22 through a try from winger Isireli Masiwini. But Nadi never gave up when lock Lote Nasiga drove over to score with Vatuinaruku’s conversion giving them a 30-22 lead.

In the 67th minute referee Lote Saudranu awarded a penalty try to Suva after the Nadi forwards were not able contest the scrum and Tikoduadua converted as they drew closer 30-29.  Vatuinaruku added another penalty to increase their lead 33-29.

In the 74th minute, a surge by the Suva forwards saw former Flying Fijian prop Vesi Rarawa score their winning try.

Star turn: Vatuinaruku played a grand game but Tikoduadua was also equal to the occasion.

Big play: The Suva forwards used their weight and height advantage well and were very robust in the breakdown.


Suva coach Akuila Nasi said: “You cannot underestimate any team from the West. Gallant performance in the second half, after we had a good start but consistency was not there. We talked about having guts and the heart to beat Nadi at home. We want to host one of the semifinals.”

Nadi manager Jeff Tamata said: “It was a good game as expected we gave our best, but the penalty try demoralised the team’s morale. Some decisions in the field gave the game away and we missed the penalty but it happens in a rugby match.


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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