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Nadroga Face Suva In U20 Final

The BLK Nadroga Under 20 side will face Suva in the Skipper Cup finale at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday. This is after the side thumped Macuata 38-6 in the
31 Jul 2016 14:28
Nadroga Face Suva In U20 Final
The Nadroga U20 side after defeating Macuata U20 at Lawaqa Park 38-6. Photo: RAEVENN BREEN

The BLK Nadroga Under 20 side will face Suva in the Skipper Cup finale at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

This is after the side thumped Macuata 38-6 in the Skipper Cup semi -final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: It was indeed a one sided affair. It was Macuata’s first appearance in the top four of provincial age group rugby.

Macuata was first on the scoreboard. Peceli Dulaki converted a penalty to lead 3-0 after 11minutes.

20 minutes later referee Waisea Cakau awarded a penalty try to the Stallions and was converted by Alivereti Uqeuqe 7-3.

Uqeuqe scored another try in the corner seven minutes later.

Half time: Nadroga 12 – Macuata 3

The home side started well with  a try to prop Inoke Ravuiwasa, converted by Ameniasi Radrodro, 19-3.

Eight minutes later flanker Alipate Qaraniqio scored another try. Two minutes later Dulaki kicked a penalty for Macuata.

With five minutes left on the clock Joseph Cavu scored again, converted by full back Wame Naituvi.

The stallions crossed over again at the stroke of full time when lock Pita Tumira scored the last try.

Big plays: Inoke Ravuiwasa and Alipate Qaraniqio were instrumental.

Star turn: Peceli Dulaki played well at pivot.

Comments: Nadroga captain Apisalome Nabalewa said, “We did not expect Macuata to be tough in the first spell but it went in our favour towards the end. We congratulate them for coming this far. We now look forward to Suva in the final. It will be an interesting match.”

Macuata coach Josua Tawake said: “We gauged our strength from the round robin game.  Our object was to finish in the top four and gain a semifinal spot this year. I salute the boys and am glad that we achieved our objective of reaching the semifinal. We will maintain 95 per cent of the players next year. So we will be coming out strong.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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