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Thrilling Draw At Thomson Park

  Namosi and Northland battled to a 21-21 draw at Thomson Park in Navua yesterday. Round 10 was billed as the Super Saturday for the top seven teams in the
17 Jul 2016 12:17
Thrilling Draw  At Thomson Park
Actions from the Skipper Cup match between Namosi and Northland at Thompson park yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Namosi and Northland battled to a 21-21 draw at Thomson Park in Navua yesterday.

Round 10 was billed as the Super Saturday for the top seven teams in the Skipper Cup competition.

And the teams played to expectation with fans returning home delighted that it was all worth it paying to watch 80minutes of exciting rugby in perfect weather and condition.

The teams came into the match with Namosi on 31 points and Northland 30 and will go into the last round this Saturday on 33pts and 32pts respectively.

And the teams, who are already solidifying their grip playing with the big boys in the major competition, will need to win their last pool matches with Northland hosting Nadroga and Navua playing Malolo. This should be another exciting encounter closing the Skipper Cup 2016 and taking it right down to the wire before semifinals sports are confirmed.

 

What happened:

Both teams played similar patterns setting up play in the middle and spinning long passes out wide in an expansive game.

Led by former national rep Asaeli Boko, Namosi took command in the first half scoring two tries while Northland got their points from three penalties kicked by Ilimeleki Leiloma.

Halftime: Northland 9-14 Namosi

Northland won their kick-off and the forwards execute the pick-and –drive to perfection and grinding their way to their first try.

Leiloma missed the conversion, 14-14.

Northland’s Josua Yavala and Namosi’s Aliposo Rauto were sin-binned for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Leiloma could have extended their lead but he missed three penalties.

Namosi shot the lead with another try which was converted, 21-14.

But Northland forwards took control powering their way forward resulting in a try, Leiloma converted, 21-21. Namosi could not kick a penalty at fulltime to steal the win.

 

Comments:

Northland coach Timoci Tinaviti:

A bit too slack in defence, failed to guard the fringes allowing Namosi to score easy tries.

We know where we failed, we need to prepare well against Nadroga. It’s our last game at Gatward Park and we will need to do our best.”

Namosi coach Max Hughes:

“We should have done better. We should prepare well against Malolo.”

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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