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Serua halfback Selesitino Naeqe delivers a pass against Lautoka in the Vodafone Vanua Championship clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka on June 29, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
June 30
11:34 2018

Tropik Pine Lautoka is a step closer of getting back into the Skipper Cup Premiership competition in 2019.

This was after they defeated Serua 24–3 during their Vodafone Vanua Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka, yesterday.

Coach Osea Umuumulovo said their aim now would be winning their semifinal match against most likely opponents Tailevu next week.

“We have improved on a lot of areas but we will continue working hard,” Umuumulovo said.

What happened: The match was a tough tussle with both packs refusing to give way.

However, Lautoka recorded the first points of the game after their first-five eighth Jone Savou kicked a penalty in the 8th minute.

He later converted a try by number eight Jimilai Kotobalavu in the 33rd minute to take their lead to 10-0.

But Serua’s first five –eighth Niko Corivuka replied with a penalty in the 38th minute.

Halftime: Lautoka 10 – 3 Serua

Lautoka up the ante and scored two tries to wing Maciu Waica in the 61st minute and blockbusting inside centre Alipate Saratibau in the 72nd minute to seal the win. Both tries were converted.

Fulltime: Lautoka 24 – 3 Serua

Big Play: Lautoka super subs lifted the tempo in the second half.

Comment: Umuumulovo said:

“We have depth and a good pool of talented players to choose from and our subs made the differnece,”


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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