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Suva Seal Final Spot

RC Manubhai Suva are not concerned who they meet in the final of the Skipper Cup competition next week. This was after they beat Aqua Safe Namosi 35-18 in the
30 Jul 2016 14:29
Suva Seal Final Spot
Suva's Emosi Vulavoro celebrates after scoring try against Namosi during first Skipper Cup semi final. Suva won 35-18 at ANZ Stadium lastnight. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

RC Manubhai Suva are not concerned who they meet in the final of the Skipper Cup competition next week.

This was after they beat Aqua Safe Namosi 35-18 in the semifinal at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.

And it was a special moment for Suva’s Akuila Nasi who is coaching at the provincial level for the first time.

Comments: Nasi said qualifying for the final only means they have to work extra hard to play either Naitasiri or Nadroga.

“I’m really lost for words right now but this is a huge achievement for me bringing the boys this far in the competition,” Nasi said.

“But we really need to work hard if we want to win the final which I know won’t be easy because Nadroga and Naitasiri are two very good teams.

“We don’t mind who we meet in the final because that won’t matter. What matters is how well we prepare and perform on the day.

“I am happy with how the way  the boys performed and I thank Namosi for putting up a good fight.”

Meanwhile, Namosi coach Maxwell Hughes said though he was happy with the players performance, he knew that they gave the game away.

“We were doing well but we lost concentration towards the end and gave the game away,” Hughes said.

“But I take my hat off to Suva for giving us a good game and we wish them all the best in the final.”

What happened: Suva drew first blood with a drop kick from Emosi Mulevoro to lead, 3-0. Namosi replied minutes later with a try to Timoci Sinate which was not converted by Ilai Tinai, 5-3.

Pressure was on for Suva to defend their try-line but Namosi capitalised on their mistakes as Tinai kicked a penalty extending their lead, 8-3. Suva applied pressure on the Namosi defence taking advantage of their mistakes with Serupepeli Vularika kicking two penalties to edge Namosi 9-8.

Two minutes later, Suva’s first-five eight Mulevoro scored after beating two Namosi defenders, 14-8.

Halftime: Suva 14-8 Namosi

Namosi started the second spell with a try from Watisoni Sevutia converted by Iona Tuivuna to edge Suva, 15-14. Namosi had the upper hand maintaining possession but nothing came out of it as Suva tightened up their defence. Another successful penalty from Namosi’s Tinai extended their lead, 18-14. After 10 minutes of battle on Namosi’s tryline, Vularika broke through the Namosi defence with a try, converted by Meli Kurisaru, 21-18. Mulevoro was in the perfect place at the perfect time as he scored a try to extend Suva’s lead, 28-18.

Namosi defence broke down allowing Sitiveni Kunaga to score a try which was converted by Kurisaru, 35-18.

Big play: Namosi put on an excellent performance giving Suva a run for their money.

Star turn: Mulevoro put on a stunning performance and was a standout with his fitness.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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