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Nadroga, Suva Final

The Esala Nauga-coached BLK Nadroga side will leave no stones unturned when they face RC Manubhai Suva in the final of the Skipper Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva this
31 Jul 2016 14:52
Nadroga, Suva Final
Joeli Lutumailagi of Nadroga dives in for a try against Naitasiri. The Stallions beat Naitasiri in Lawaqa Park 21-15. Photo: RAEVENN BREEN

The Esala Nauga-coached BLK Nadroga side will leave no stones unturned when they face RC Manubhai Suva in the final of the Skipper Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva this Saturday.

This was after the home side defeated BLK Naitasiri 21-15 in the semifinal clash at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

What happened: In the 10th minute Naitasiri drew first blood with a penalty kicked by first-five eight Etonia Rokotuisawa, 3-0.

Seven minutes later flanker Eremasi Radrodro scored the first try converted by Alivereti Veitokani, 7-3.

Four minutes later Rokotuisawa bridged the gap with another penalty but Veitokani was equalled to the occasion, 10-6.

Rokotuiwasa kept Naitasiri in the game with another penalty.

Halftime: Nadroga 10 – 9 Naitasiri

Naitasiri centre Epi Cokanasiga was sin-binned by referee Samu Tuidraki for unprofessional play.

Four minutes later winger Patemeo Buto was showed the card.

In the 49 minute fullback Mitieli Nacagilevu rose to the occasion to slot a penalty, 13-9.

Rokotuisawa slotted the penalty in the 52nd  minute, 13-12.

In the 56th minute Penijamini Makutu was also shown the card.

Two minutes later inside centre Joeli Lutumailagi scored a try 18-12.

Tension rose high and Naitasiri flanker Vilimone Malorua was sin-binned in the 60th minute.

Five minutes later Rokotuisawa slotted another penalty 18-15.

In the 78 minute Jonetani Ralulu kicked another penalty to extend their lead 21-15.

Big play: Radrodro played a man-of-the-match performance.

Star turn: Alivereti Veitokani played a key role for the Stallions

Comments

Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga said: “It was tough to beat an experienced Naitasiri side. It has always being a tough game between the two teams.

“The focus now moves on defending the Skipper Cup against Suva in the final next week.”

Naitasiri coach Joji Rinakama: “Indiscipline lets us down, overall it was great encounter as expected.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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