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Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep
Jack’s Nadi playmaker Kavekini Varo sets up his backs against Nadroga in the Skipper Tuna Premiership opener at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on April 21, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
April 22
10:59 2018

The Jack’s Nadi rugby team ended their 10-year win­less drought with a 13-5 win over BLK Nadroga in the Skipper Cup Premiership opener at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

Jubilant Nadi coach Savenaca Aria said this was made possi­ble through the development of a group of young players in the squad.

“The win means a lot for our young players,” the former nation­al rugby star centre said.

It was a clean sweep for Nadi Rug­by when their Under-20 side wal­loped Nadroga 34-12 while the Nadi Women scored a 21-10 win over the Stallions.

What happened: Nadroga started strongly and scored the first try through lanky lock Sailosi Dawai in the 31st minute to lead 5-0.

Halftime: Nadroga 5 – 0 Nadi

Backed by their vocal supporters Nadi came out with guns blazing as they pressured the Stallions. In the 55th minute,

Nadi scored their try through Jope Tavutuilagi, which was con­verted by Kavekini Varo as they held a 7-5 lead.

Nadroga buckled under pressure as they gave away silly penalties with Varo punishing them by con­verting two.

Big Play: Bone crunching tackles from Nadi outside centre Orisi Erenavula frustrated the Nadroga backline and he also combined well with winger Jerry Speight in their counter attacks.

Star turn: Varo’s accurate place kicks pinned Nadroga deep into their half and were pressured into mistakes by the rushing defence.

Comments: Nadroga manager Semi Cabenalotu said: “Indisci­pline and failure to score points cost us the game.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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