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Tuva Youths Retain Title In The Wet

  Fijian Under-18 rep Josevata Nalaqwa and Taniela Ra­kuro scored a try each in the second half as Tuva Youths retained the Shangri-La’s Youth Trophy during the McDonald’s Fiji Coral
18 Jan 2019 11:00
Tuva Youths Retain Title In The Wet
Tuva Youths Josevata Nalaqwa scores the first try in the corner against Ratu Filise in the Cup final of the Shangri-La’s Youth Trophy at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on January 17, 2019. Tuva Youths won 10-0. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Fijian Under-18 rep Josevata Nalaqwa and Taniela Ra­kuro scored a try each in the second half as Tuva Youths retained the Shangri-La’s Youth Trophy during the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens tourna­ment at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

They beat arch rivals Ratu Filise 10-0 after a scoreless first half in a water-logged park.

Tuva midway in the first half suffered a blow when captain and New Zealand based- Aisea Tuifele­haki was stretched off the field after he injured his ankle.

They didn‘t lose hope but to set- up two tries. Nalaqwa managed to dot down the first try in the cor­ner before Rakuro ran 50 metres untouched to score the final try.

The side also had the services of Ilaisa Droahehe (a member of the Australian U18), Inoke Nalaga (Fijian U18) and Ilikima Naruma (Ratu Kadavulevu School U18).

“We only got together in one week and it was a sweet victory as we retained the title,” Tuifelehaki said.

“We made our mind in the first match that we were to stick by our plans of retaining the title.

“Ratu Filise was a worthy oppo­nent as they had been there over the years.”

Tuva Youths dumped Gaunavou 29-5 in the Cup quarterfinals and edged out Ravuka Sharks 10-5 in the semi-final.

Ratu Filise beat Vueti Cakau 20-15 in the quarterfinals and edged Wesley Fijians 14-12 in a pulsating semi-final.

Meanwhile, in other finals, Waisale Serevi Jnr’s King 7s Se­lect took out the Plate final 17-12 against Wesley Fijians.

Serevi Jnr scored a try in their narrow win.

Dominion Brothers beat NFA Youths 17-5 to claim the Bowl fi­nal while Saunivalu beat Bris­bane based Rush Rugby 12-7 in the Shield final.

OTHER RESULTS

Plate semi-finals- Gaunavou 5–7 King 7s Select, Wesley Fijians 12– 5 Sigatoka Youth;

Cup semi-finals Tuva 10–5 Ra­vuka Sharks, Vueti Cakau 15–20 Ratu Filise;

Shield semifinals- Dratabu wbd Saunivalu, Rush wbd Rugby Acad­emy, Nailaga 12–24 Dominion Brothers, NFA Youths 19 –14 Lake­ba Youths;

Cup quarterfinals- Tuva Youths 29 –5 Gaunavou, Ravuka Sharks 14–5 Kings 7s Select, Wesley Fiji­ans 12–14 Vueti Cakau, Sigatoka Young Boys 5 –7 Ratu Filise;

Bowl quarterfinals: Nailaga Rug­by 24–12 Rush Academy, Rugby Academy Fiji 5–19 Dominion Brothers, NFA Youths wbd Drata­bu Youths, Saunivalu Youths 7–14 Lakeba Youths.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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