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Skipper Cup Premier: Newcomers Northland Triumph

Rewa continued to prove their dominance upfront as blindside flanker Ramio Ratuvou scored their second try in the 19th minute and was converted by Seru Vaniqi.
14 Apr 2019 17:01
Skipper Cup Premier: Newcomers Northland Triumph
Northland rugby team at Burebasaga District School, Rewa on April 13, 2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Newcomers Northland established their first win in the Skipper Cup Premier beating Rewa 16-12 at Burebasaga District School ground, Rewa yesterday.

Rewa started well in the first half as they enjoyed more possession and played well at breakdown areas and scored their opening try in the 4th minute through prop Pailato Tidaku.

Rewa continued to prove their dominance upfront as blindside flanker Ramio Ratuvou scored their second try in the 19th minute and was converted by Seru Vaniqi.

Scrappy play from Rewa in the last eight minutes of the first half cost them as Northland capitalised on a loose ball worked hard on their drive and scored their opening try in the 32nd minute through loosehead prop Fifita Toma and converted by Etonia Rokotuisawa. Rewa led 12-7 at the breather.

Indiscipline crept in the home side in the opening minute of the first half which awarded Rokotuisawa an extra three points.

Rewa continued to punish themselves with foul plays which gave the opportunity for Rokotuisawa to kick his second penalty for the day and gave Northland a 13-12 lead.

Rewa only had themselves to blame with scrappy defence play and in- discipline which continuously costs them.

Comments: Northland head coach Watisoni Ratulevu said: “I want to thank God for the win and also I want to thank the boys for their effort. This year we aim to maintain our standard and play in this top eight competition. We also acknowledge Rewa for the game.”

Rewa head coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata said: “It was a tough match for us, we gave the game away. It’s back on the drawing board and re- look at our weaknesses and improve on it for the next round.”

OTHER RESULTS

Rewa Women thumped Northland 51-0 while Northland U19 beat Rewa 10-6.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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