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Naitasiri Remain Unbeaten

A well-drilled Qaqa Naitasiri team issued a warning to all their opponents in the Skipper Cup competition after a convincing 38-8 victory over Jack’s Nadi at Prince Charles Park yesterday. The
21 May 2017 12:27
Naitasiri Remain Unbeaten
Qaqa Naitasiri number eight Filimoni Seru scores the second try against Jacks Nadi in the Skipper Cup competition at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

A well-drilled Qaqa Naitasiri team issued a warning to all their opponents in the Skipper Cup competition after a convincing 38-8 victory over Jack’s Nadi at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

The Highlanders dominated all facets of the game to score a bonus point victory.

The hapless jetsetters only managed a try which was not converted and a penalty in a one-sided affair.

 

What happened: Naitasiri’s scrummaging, driving lineouts,   elusiveness on broken play, bone crunching tackles in 80 minutes was too much for the young Nadi brigade.

It didn’t take long for Koli Sewabo’s men to settle with a try to Etati Kasaqa in the 6th minute which was converted.

A knock on from Nadi’s flyhalf Sela Toga gifted Naitasiri another scrum which resulted in a try to No.8 Filimoni Seru in the 15th minute.

The visitors increased their tally to 15-0 with a penalty in the 36 minute by Etonia Roko.

Indiscipline costs Naitasiri with a yellow card to winger Lepani Raiyala. Nadi utilised their chance well with a try to winger Eparama Naivalu in the 39th minute.

 

Halftime: Naitasiri 15-5 Nadi.

The second half was marred by  indiscipline play.

Roko increased the visitors tally with a penalty in the 42nd minute while Nadi’s only point in the second half came from Toga’s boot in the 44th minute.

Two successful penalties to Roko in the 55th and 62nd minutes respectively didn’t only put the game out of Nadi’s reach but also keep Naitasiri’s position on top of the standings well intact.

Naitasiri showed their willingness for a bonus point victory and they were rewarded with a try to Seremaia Naureure in the 65th minute.

A defensive blunder saw another try to scrumhalf Frank Lomani which was converted by Roko.

Nadi’s Jiuta Takubu and inside centre Serupepeli Turuva were also given the marching orders while Naitasiri’s winger Tomasi CamaRatu was shown the red card by referee Lote Sadranu.

 

Big play: Seru’s try in the first half.

Star turn: Etonia Roko contributed 16 points in the win.

 

Comments: Naitasiri coach Koli Sewabo: “We can’t afford to be committing the same mistakes when we play Suva and Nadroga.”

Nadi manager Lasaro Rabaka:   “Full marks to Naitasiri for the victory and the focus is now on the next game against Malolo.

“About 70 per cent of the players are on their first Skipper Cup experience so it’s a great learning curve for them.

“We are on a development programme and it was a good test for the boys.”

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