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Malele Shines In Suva’s Win

Suva rugby fullback Enele Malele contributed 15 points in their 30-27 bonus point win over Jack’s Nadi in the Skipper Cup Premiership clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka last night.  
30 Jun 2018 10:00
Malele Shines In Suva’s Win
Jack’s Nadi forwards on attack against Suva in the Skipper Cup Premiership clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka on June 29, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Suva rugby fullback Enele Malele contributed 15 points in their 30-27 bonus point win over Jack’s Nadi in the Skipper Cup Premiership clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka last night.

 

What happened: The visitors started strongly with an early try to second rower Alipate Mataivelia and converted by Malele as they led 7-0.

In the 17th minute Nadi found their rhythm to score through prop Simione Tora after he charged down a clearing kick and first five eight Kavekini Varo added the extras as they levelled at 7-7.

The hosts increased their tally in the 35th minute when flanker Asivurusi Naliga scored a try with Varo’s conversion making it 14-7. In the final minutes of the first half Suva centre Levani Kurumudu crashed over for a try with Malele’s conversion going over.

 

Half time: Nadi 14–14 Suva.

In the 44th minute Varo again put Nadi on the lead was a successful penalty. Trailing 14-17, Suva suffered a setback in the 47th minute when prop Luke Tagi was sin binned and Varo kicked over his second penalty to further their lead to 20-14.

Suva struck back in the 54th minute when winger Inia Tawalo dashed over to score their third try with the conversion going wide, 20-19.

In the 61st minute Malele kicked another penalty for Suva as they regained the lead 22-20 and in the 63rd minute from a backline move he ran over to score a try as they raced to a 27-20 lead. In the 71st minute Malele slotted another penalty to make it 30-20 and with only three minutes remaining Naliga crashed over for his second try with Varo’s conversion going over but it was too late.

 

Big plays: Malele read the game well and set-up most of Suva’s backline moves.

 

Comment: Suva coach Jope Tuikabe said: “That’s a good win for Suva at the end of the round robin competition.”

Nadi manager Lasaro Rabaka said: “Suva deserved to be at the top of the table. They really demonstrated a good display of rugby. We are proud of our boys on the manner they played today.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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