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Heartland XV Survive Nadi Fight Back

  New Zealand Heartland XV made it two out of two on tour by beating Jack’s Nadi 26-19 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.   What Happened: The Kiwis
09 Nov 2016 13:59
Heartland XV Survive Nadi Fight Back
New Zealand Heartland XV with the Jacks Nadi rugby tream after their match at Prince Charles park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

New Zealand Heartland XV made it two out of two on tour by beating Jack’s Nadi 26-19 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

 

What Happened:

The Kiwis played awesome rugby setting the pace right from the opening whistle. Continuity in their passes was on par which allowed them to dominate the match.

Heartland winger Willie Paia’aua scored the first try in the corner in the 11th minute. Three minutes later number eight and captain, Kieran Coll, crushed his way over to score the second try which was converted by James Lash.

 

Halftime: Heartland XV

12 – 0 Nadi

The visitors came back firing after the breather and halfback Zyan Tipping scored a try under the post which was converted by Lash. Five minutes later loose head prop Tafa Timaru scored and converted by Lash.

Then Nadi came back with captain and flanker Turuva Lumelume scoring in the corner as they reduced the deficit to 26- 5.

There was no remorse for Nadi as ruthless tackles were ditched out in the epic battle.

Heartland XV winger Maleli Sau was sinbinned by referee Usa Bainivalu for a dangerous tackle on his opposite number.

In the 70th minute Nadi centre Jone Turuva ran in their second try, which was converted by Tomasi Ralulu.

Eight minutes later lock Maikeli Mudu found his way over the line but it was too late despite the conversion from Ralulu going over.

 

Comments:

Heartland coach Barry Matthews said: “Very tough game and we started well but Nadi was strong when they got the ball.

“We got to 26-5 and we rested on our laurels and seemed to give in as the Fijian side could be dangerous in such situation.”

Nadi manager Jeff Tamata said, “It was a good game and we have learnt a lot from the Heartland side. We had not much time to prepare but hats off to the young boys. Good game for the off season.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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