SPORTS

Vatukoula Edge Lautoka At The Buzzer

  Pacific Energy Vatukoula booted in a penalty at the buzzer to deny Lautoka a win in a close 25-24 Skipper Cup showdown at Theodore Park, Vatukoula, yesterday.   What
17 Jul 2016 11:49
Vatukoula Edge Lautoka At The Buzzer
Action from the Skipper Cup Challenge between Vatukoula and Lautoka at Theodore Park yesterday. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

Pacific Energy Vatukoula booted in a penalty at the buzzer to deny Lautoka a win in a close 25-24 Skipper Cup showdown at Theodore Park, Vatukoula, yesterday.

 

What Happened:

The match was played at a frantic pace at stages with both sides making forays into the opposition territory with some good open play.

Lautoka’s heavier pack was the difference upfront with both backlines having their fair share of runs.

Vatukoula open side flanker Timoci Ratu turned another rousing performance while Lautoka’s veteran halfback Kelemedi Bola kept Tavua on the back peddle each time he had the ball.

His counterpart Emori Waqa was perhaps the toast of his team’s win with his kicking abilities and numerous darting runs through the Lautoka defence.

Vatukoula’s wing Rusiate Matai opened the scores with a try which was unconverted for the home side to lead 5-0. Lautoka’s wing was not to be outdone and levelled the scores with and unconverted try.

Vatukoula’s flyers made their mark when other winger Evueli darted in for his side’s second try for his team to lead 12-5 after Waqa converted. Lautoka’s powerful lock Ifereimi Naruma barged over for a try the near the posts five minutes from the break and Peniasi Rasaqa converted for both teams to be locked 12-12 at the breather.

 

Halftime:

Waqa added a penalty after the break for Vatukoula to lead 15-12 but Lautoka came back with two quick tries to Bola and a penalty try after Vatukoula swung the scrum five metres out from the line.

With the 24-15 lead, Vatukoula mounted attacks and were rewarded with a converted try and the penalty at the death saw them edge Lautoka.

 

Big Play:

Vatukoula’s 80-minute rugby was the difference as it showed when they were down 24-15 with eight minutes left on the clock.

 

Comments:

Vatukoula coach, Nemani Baleinaceva said his players could have done better but allowed Lautoka back into the game. He was happy that his side had a chance to make the top eight teams with one round remaining in the competition.

Lautoka manager Peniona Ranitu said nothing was wrong with the Lautoka team except they did not play the full 80 minutes, which allowed Vatukoula to come back into the match.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



Five Squares 4th Birthday


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Tower Insurance
FNPF App
Covid 19 - SPC
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper