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Champ Nadro Too Strong For Suva

Robust No. 8 Eremasi Radrodro scored twice  in the 32 – 9 victory over RC Manubhai Suva in the first HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2016 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka
14 Aug 2016 11:53
Champ Nadro Too Strong For Suva
BLK Nadroga and RC Manubhai Suva players celebrate at the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Robust No. 8 Eremasi Radrodro scored twice  in the 32 – 9 victory over RC Manubhai Suva in the first HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2016 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

And victorious Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga dedicated the win to their head coach Esala Nauga’s late nephew Iliaseru Kobanalagi.

“We dedicate this win to coach’s nephew who died last Thursday,’Nasiga said. This is to cheer him up during this hard time the family is going through.”

Kobanalagi played hooker for Malolo in the Skipper Cup competition. He passed away after a long illness.

What happened: The Stallion scored four tries to shut out the capital city side.

Suva dominated play in the first five minutes.

A good set play from first-five eighth Jonetani Ralulu allowed Semo speed merchant Aisea Natoga to score the first try which was converted by fullback Aporosa Waqatabu who kicked another penalty five  minutes later.

In the 22nd minute Natoga was cautioned by referee Samuela Tuidraki for a infringement in the ruck and Suva’s first five eighth Seru Vularika kicked the penalty 10-3.

Three minutes later halfback Sakiusa Gavidi was sin binned for a dangerous tackle on Vularika.

The Stallions were heavily pressured by the Suva bulky forwards and Nadroga suffered badly at the breakdown which resulted in Vularika’s two successful penalties.

In the 39th minute Waqatabu kicked another penalty after Suva was penalised in their own 22 metre line.

Halftime: Nadroga 13-9 Suva.

In the 60th minute Waqatabu scored the Stallions second try, 18-9.

Seven minutes later Radrodro broke the Suva tight defence running 50 metres  untouched to score under the post which was converted by Waqatabu, 25-9.

In the 74th minute Radrodro scored his second try which was again converted by Waqatabu.

The host retained the title and collected $5000 for their effort.

Big Play: Natoga lived up to expectation.

Star turn: Eremasi Radrodro was the man of the match and collected $250 from HFC Bank.

Comments: Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga said, “We are happy but this is just the first stage of the challenge so we won’t rest on our laurels. It was a tough as expected but we have again proved our worth.”

Suva coach Akuila Nasi said, “We gave the match away in the last quarter and Nadroga took advantage of that and they won. We expected Nadroga to be tough. We were into game but opportunities were there and we did not take it up. We had a good season and we thank the players, family and our sponsors.”

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