Strict Diet Pays Off For Naitasiri

A strict diet imposed to the Naitasiri players by coach Koli Sewabu paid off when they beat Namosi 32-20 in a tough encounter at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. Sewabu said
23 Apr 2017 11:39
Strict Diet Pays Off For Naitasiri
Mosese Duvicaki of NAitasiri is taken ina tackle gy his NAmosi opposite. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

A strict diet imposed to the Naitasiri players by coach Koli Sewabu paid off when they beat Namosi 32-20 in a tough encounter at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Sewabu said he had to make changes in the whole structure of the team after he was appointed coach. The new structure, he says, was put in place as they wanted to win the Skipper Cup this season.

Sewabu said the new changes included diet, physical and mental preparations and also spiritual which was important.

Commenting on the match, he said it was tough and thanked the Namosi team for their outstanding play.

“They were very tough and they tested our players,” he said.

The former national number eight said the battle upfront was tight.

Soon after kickoff, the Namosi team led by lock Mataisai Ucutabua went straight into attack and won a penalty which playmaker Seru Vularika successfully converted for a 3-0 lead.

With Namosi leading Naitasiri played the ball upfront and won a penalty in the 20th minute and opted for a scrum.

The backline utilised the ball well for fullback Meli Nakarawa to score but the referee awarded a penalty try after a dangerous tackle by Namosi.

Naitasiri skipper and lock Jovesa Tanikorolevu scored a super try after breaking away from a forward drive and was converted by playmaker Etonia Rokotuiyasawa.

Naitasiri led 17-3 at halftime.

A quick converted try by Namosi in the second half narrowed the deficit to 17-10 as both teams lifted the tempo.

The game see sawed and Namosi’s discipline let them down as they were penalised on many occasions.

Naitasiri launched another attack and No.8 Waisake Vunisa burst through a tackle and fed winger Tomasi Cama who scored beside the post. The try was converted.

They extended their lead to 24-10 when they ran in another try before they followed it up with a penalty to hold a handy 27-10 lead.

A try by Namosi in the second half followed by a penalty bought the scores to 27-20 but a try to Naitasiri in the dying minutes extended their lead to 32–20.

Namosi coach Akuila Nasa said the game was tough and they’ve learned from their mistakes. Namosi chief, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua was also at the ground to support his players.

Naitasiri: 1 Joeli Veitayaki, 2 Mosese Gavidi, 3 Mesake Doge, 4 Jovesa Tanikorolevu (captain), 5 Ben Sadrugu, 6 Filimoni Seru, 7 Etati Kasaqa, 8 Waisake Vunisa, 9 Aisake Luveniyali, 10 Etonia Rokotuiyasawa, 11 Tomasi Cama, 12 Reece Cyril, 13 Paula Tiko,14 Etika Mateisuva, 15 Meli Nakarawa, 16 Jerry Naureure, 17 Mosese Ducivaki, 18 Netani Vora, 19Jale Railawa, 20 Sireli Kaloucava, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Apisalome Vota, 23 Patemo Buto.

Namosi: 1 Aisea Naganilau, 2 Samuela Suyaturaga, 3 Viliame Logase, 4Mataisai Usutabua, 5 Patero Sunika, 6 Apakuki Vuaviri, 7 Peniame Komaitoga, 8 Mesake Tukai, 9 Nete Etuate, 10 Seru Vulariki, 11 Sireli Masiwini, 12 Iliesa Salusalu, 13 Nemani Talemitoga, 14 Meli Rusa, 15 Ilai iai, 16 Jeremia Tokamlua, 17 Alivereti Rabukwaqa, 18 Orisi TUrgava, 19 Asaeli Boko, 20 Semesa Gonevou, 21 Nemani Raiwalui, 22 Aporosa Duwai, 23 Iowana Tuivuna.

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