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Skip­per Cup: Nadi Maintain Unbeaten Run

"Nadi dominated possession and ran in two tries to Navitalai Tuil­awa and Jiutasa Nave to hold a handy lead at the interval."
05 May 2019 01:10
Skip­per Cup: Nadi Maintain Unbeaten Run
The Northland rugby team after training at the Police Mobile headquarters in Nasinu on April 29, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Jack’s Nadi rugby team have maintained their unbeaten run in the Skip­per Cup Premier after they beat Northland 26-19 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday.

What happened: Nadi started well with a try to captain, Jolame Lu­vevou in the 5th minute and was converted by Tevita Taga for a 7-0 lead. Northland battled their way back and scored a try to Atalasio Muakalou while first five eight An­tonia Rokotuisau missed the con­version as they trailed 7-5.

Nadi dominated possession and ran in two tries to Navitalai Tuil­awa and Jiutasa Nave to hold a handy lead at the interval.

Halftime: Nadi 19-5 Northland

In the second half Josaia Cole­lala scored Northland’s second try as they narrowed the deficit 19-12. This pushed Nadi to extend their lead to 24-5 when In the 61st minute when Joseva Naivalu scored their bonus point try with Epeli Sauku­ru’s conversion making it 26-12.

The visitors never gave up as they fought back to score their third try to Luke Volavola which was con­verted.

Other matches: Selva Tours Nadi Women’s side thrashed North­land 28– 0 while in the Under-19 MacDonald’s Nadi also walloped Northland 41–5

Comments:

Northland coach Watisoni Rat­ulevu said: “I told the boys that we were supposed to win the game to­day but due to some errors we com­mitted in the field we were not able to make it.

“I’m so disappointed with the ref­erees and the linesmen who offici­ated the game. We clearly saw that we had scored two tries but were disallowed.”

Nadi coach Ponijese Lutuciri said: “I thank God for the win today. We will try to lift the standard of our performance next week against Naitasiri.

“We know that Naitasiri is the Farebrother champion but we are ready to battle against them.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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