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Sau Seals Win For Suva

  SUVA 24- 23 NADROGA BLK Nadroga’s run as champion of the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge came to a heartbreaking end at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. This was after
30 Jul 2017 11:30
Sau Seals Win For Suva
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SUVA 24- 23 NADROGA

BLK Nadroga’s run as champion of the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge came to a heartbreaking end at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

This was after Suva defeated the Stallions 24-23 in a close encounter.

What happened: Winger Eroni Sau who was well contained by his counterpart Avete Daveta throughout was the toast of the capital side after scoring the match-winner in injury time.

Suva was a different outfit from the side that bowed out of the Skipper Cup semifinal.

And the victory was even more thrilling as they played with 14 men for 49 minutes after Samu Bola was red carded by referee Johnson Lee in the 31st minute. His first yellow card was on the 7th minute.

The Stallions drew first blood in the 12th minute with a try to fullback Mitieli Nacagilevu.

A shoulder injury to lineout specialist flanker Sailosi Dawai in the 15th minute and a twisted ankle to warhorse prop Setefano Somoca put the Stallions on the back foot.

Suva responded immediately with a try to skipper John Stewart but fullback Meli Kurisaru missed the conversion. Suva was reduced to 13 men when Isake Katonibau was sent to the sin-bin in the 27th minute.

Suva increased their tally with a penalty to Kurisaru in the 29th minute while Nadroga’s campaign received a deadly blow when trusted flanker Vasikali Mudu was stretched out in the 41st minute.

Katonibau returned to score a try which was not converted in the 47th minute after trading passes with Stewart.

Halftime: Suva 16 – 5 Nadroga.

Nadroga started the second half on a positive note with a penalty to Waqatabu after Suva’s Kalivati Tawake was sent to the sin-bin for disrupting play.

Suva replied with a penalty to Kurisaru in the 49th minute but Nadroga stormed back with a try to hardworking number eight Jone Navori.

The defending champions were reduced to 14-men after Ratu Penijamini Makutu was sin binned for dangerous play in the 59th minute.

A try to Eroni Vasiteri in the 76th minute which was converted was everything Nadroga needed as they led 23-19.

But Suva winger Keponi Paul took a quick tap taking three players with him and a quick recycle sent Sau for a try in the corner for a one point victory as Kurisaru missed the conversion.

Emotional Nadroga captain Manoa Tamaya apologised to their fans for the loss and thanked their sponsors.

Suva returned home $5000 richer for their gallant performance.

Big Play: Stewart received $250 for his man of the match perfomance.

Star Turn: Winger Paul for assisting Stewart in defence and was able to contain the fiery Daveta and speedy Waqatabu on numerous occasions.

Comment: Suva captain John Stewart said, “We thank Nadroga for a grand game, no doubt everyone knows that Nadroga is a champion team.

We know that we have to go through pain and blood to win at Lawaqa-we have done that.”

Nadroga captain Manoa Tamaya said, “This trophy means a lot to us unfortunately we cannot win today. My boys played well we thank our  families and our sponsor BLK.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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