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Muritovo Kicks Navosa To Victory

  Vtukarasa, Nadroga, native Nemani Muritovo kicked three penalties as Warwick Navosa edged out Lautoka Maroons 9-8 in the HFC Bank Bainimarama Shield Challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last
29 Jul 2017 11:09
Muritovo Kicks Navosa To Victory
Navosa players celebrate their 9-8 HFC Bank Bainimarama shield win with officials and supporters at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on July 28, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Vtukarasa, Nadroga, native Nemani Muritovo kicked three penalties as Warwick Navosa edged out Lautoka Maroons 9-8 in the HFC Bank Bainimarama Shield Challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last night.

The Peniasi Damu-coached side managed to fend off the second challenge in order to retain the silverware and remained unbeaten this season.

What happened: Dropped balls and failing to connect passes were the order of the day as both sides failed to impress.

In the 13th minute Navosa drew first blood with a penalty kicked in by first five-eighth Muritovo.

In the 20th minute his counterpart Sireli Satala kicked a penalty to draw level, 3-3.

In the 27th minute Muritovo extended his side’s lead with another penalty, 6-3.

In the 35th minute Navosa’s centre Venasio Kunabuli was sin-binned by referee Josaia Caucau for a high tackle offence.

Six minutes later Lautoka centre Simione Butulovo was also yellow carded for a tip tackle offence.

Halftime: Navosa 6- 3 Lautoka.

Navosa started strongly by earning a penalty, which was converted by Muritovo in the 43rd minute.

In the 54th minute,  Navosa’s Aseri Robarobalevu was sin-binned for unprofessional play.

In the 66th minute Lautoka winger Alipate Ciba scored in the corner after a driving maul from the forwards.

In the 76th minute referee Caucau flashed a red card to flanker Driu Limanivai for punching a Lautoka player.

But despite playing with 14 men, Navosa defended their fort in the last four minutes.

Navosa received $2000 for their effort and will face Rewa in the third challenge next Friday at the same venue.

Big Play: Muritovo was spot on and deserved the best player award.

Star turn: Fullback Peniona Nayaya was a thorn in the Maroons defence.

Comments: Navosa coach Peniasi Damu said: “It was tough, close and lucky we won. It is always tough to defend the title.”

Lautoka captain coach Usaia Koroi said: “We had a good structure and set pieces but the players’ poor handling costs us the game, we should have won.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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