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Rasiga: Sweet Win

The Esala Nauga coached-BLK Nadroga rugby side ended Qaqa Naitasiri’s unbeaten run with a 22-16 win in the Skipper Cup clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last night. What happened: In
27 May 2017 12:20
Rasiga: Sweet Win
Nadroga prop Setefano Somoca (3) goes in to support against Naitasiri in the Skipper Cup clash on May 26, 2017 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Esala Nauga coached-BLK Nadroga rugby side ended Qaqa Naitasiri’s unbeaten run with a 22-16 win in the Skipper Cup clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last night.

What happened: In the 3rd minute the home side drew first blood with a try through fullback Apisalome Waqatabu. Twelve minutes later winger Aporosa Tabulawaki scored Nadroga’s second try and was converted by Waqatabu as they led 12-0. Waqatabu extended the lead to 15-0 with a penalty. In the 29th minute Naitasiri first-five eight Etonia Rokotuisawa slotted their first points through a penalty 15-3. Four minutes later Rupeni Nasiga scored under the post, which Waqatabu converted before Naitasiri flanker Jovesa Tanikorolevu scored their lone try and converted by Rokotuisawa.

Halftime: Nadroga 22 – 10 Naitasiri

Naitasiri narrowed the deficit 22-16 with two penalties from Rokotuisawa. Nadroga’s Tabulawaki and Jone Navori were sin-binned by referee Tevita Rokovereni for unprofessional play.

Comments: Nadroga captain Rupeni Nasiga said: “It was a sweet victory especially ending Naitasiri’s unbeaten run. It was team work as the young players played well.”

Naitasiri coach Koli Sewabu said: “The message was to commit less mistakes which they scored from and we cannot afford to make those mistakes against a champion team like Nadroga. We managed to keep the ball in the second half and played good rugby but we fell short.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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