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Exicting 2019: Naitasiri’s Sewabu

Like Tailevu fans at Ratu Cakobau, Nausori, Sunia Sevu returned home to Logani a hap­py man yesterday. Despite going down 13-27 to QAQA Naitasiri in the final challenge of the
12 Aug 2018 10:00
Exicting 2019: Naitasiri’s Sewabu
The Naitasiri rugby team with fans after retaining the HFC Farebrother Trophy at Ratu Cakobau Park on August 11,2018. Photo: Simione Haranavanua

Like Tailevu fans at Ratu Cakobau, Nausori, Sunia Sevu returned home to Logani a hap­py man yesterday.

Despite going down 13-27 to QAQA Naitasiri in the final challenge of the HFC Bank Farebrother Trophy, the former Tailevu strongman said win­ning was secondary.

“Tailevu is back,’the former national flanker said.

“Winning is secondary, rugby revival in the prov­ince is most pleasing and that’s more important.

“The game was well contested and I’m looking forward to the new season which should be ex­citing with Tailevu back with the big boys in the Skipper Cup Premiership.

“The Push Tailevu fans are back and support for the provincial team will bigger and better in 2019.”

Naitasiri skipper Ratu Inoke Tuisese agreed with Sevu and applauded Tailevu for providing a good challenge in front of over 3,000 fans.

“Tailevu provided a good challenge and fans from both teams provided the excitement,”Tuisese said.

“The challenge actually prepares the teams for next season as we welcome back Tailevu and Northland in the Skipper Cup Premiership.”

The Highlanders led 12-10 at halftime with lock forward Filimone Seru scoring a brace with Frank Lomani adding the conversion.

Tailevu’s try came from Sailosi Taka.

But the turning point in the game came in the third quarter with Naitasiri turning the screw by playing and expansive game and scoring two quick tries in the corner to Mosese Gavidi and Meli Nakarawa, 24-10.

Tailevu first five –eight Etonia Rokotuisawa kicked a penalty and Lomani extended Highland­ers lead with a penalty, 27-13.

Good Prep For 2019

Tailevu assistant coach Timoci Tinaviti could not have asked for a better show from the men in green and gold.

“It’s what we needed,”he said.

“We contested well in the first half but the expe­rienced Naitasiri players took control by scoring two quick tries in the third quarter.”

Pleasing Achievement

Naitasiri coach Koli Sewabu says it is a pleasing achievement for the team after missing out on the Skipper Cup Premiership

“ We are slowly achieving some of our goals for 2018. We are looking forward to what should be an exciting 2019.”

The side won the title from Namosi 21-20 at Thomson Park in Navua and then beat Nadroga 26-17 last weekend.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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