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Navosa Edge Ba

Ba lost 16-15 loss to Navosa in their Vodafone Trophy clash at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday. Ba’s first-five eighth Tevita Nadumu was given the opportunity to seal the win
07 Aug 2016 13:35
Navosa Edge Ba

Ba lost 16-15 loss to Navosa in their Vodafone Trophy clash at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday.

Ba’s first-five eighth Tevita Nadumu was given the opportunity to seal the win but missed.

The match was a game of two halves with Navosa leading 16-0 at halftime and Ba dominating the second spell with three unanswered tries.

Nadumu also missed a few penalties and the three conversions which saw his side walk away with just a bonus point.

What Happened: Navosa, although outmuscled in the forwards dominated over a lethargic Ba side.

They were more determined in their attack and this was the reason to have scored their points without any real threat from Ba.

Navosa number eight Jolame Nauga was an inspiration to his side and it was through one of his darting runs that his team managed a try.

Flanker Akapusi Roqica opened the scoring for Navosa in the 10th minute to give his side a 5-0 lead.

Nauga then capitalised on a wasted kick from Ba to outsprint the oncoming defence and offload to his centre Serupepeli Viqasi to score.

The conversion again failed and his side led 10-0.

Navosa fullback Waqa Robanakaduvu however made up for his earlier miss by slotting in two penalties, one from halfway to give his side the 16-0 halftime.

In the 60th minute, Ba, psyched up by Coach Seva Ratumaitavuki came to life and began foraging into Navosa’s territory.

This paid off with winger Josateki White scoring in the corner following some good inter-passing by the team. With the conversion wide, Ba narrowed the gap to 16-5.

Flanker Tevita Rokoyawa narrowed the gap even further with a try after peeling off from the side of the scrum in the 68th minute but again the conversion failed with Ba edging closer 16-10.

Edited by Osea Bola

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