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Skipper Cup : Performance Upsets Tuisese

“We had three yellow cards, and we need to work on our discipline it’s a big challenge for us. Rewa was a well-coached team, they were fit,”he said."
05 May 2019 01:09
Skipper Cup : Performance Upsets Tuisese
Naitasiri rugby team at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on May 4,2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Naitasiri head coach Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr was disap­pointed with the team’s dis­cipline despite the 27-19 win over Rewa in the second round of the Skipper Cup Premiership at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday.

“We had three yellow cards, and we need to work on our discipline it’s a big challenge for us. Rewa was a well-coached team, they were fit,”he said.

“We have to go back and work on our discipline before we play Nadi in the third round.”

What happened; Despite the bo­nus win Naitasiri showed an indis­cipline game throughout having three of its players sinned binned for foul plays.

In the first half prop Josua Qadu­adua copped the first yellow card while Kini Douglas and locks Siti­veni Kurivatu carded in the second half.

Rewa made a strong start as they were able to counter the experi­enced Naitasirii team scoring their opening try through Seru Vaniqi in the 16th minute which was convert­ed by fullback Apenisa Deve.

Naitasiri regrouped and scored their opening try through winger Timoci Sinate.

They continued to dominate as Frank Lomani led the attack allow­ing them to score their second try through Sinate, converted by Doug­las.

They started to display scrappy play in the last quarter of the first half as Rewa No. 8 Josaia Tokarua and Naitasiri prop Josua Qaduadua sinned binned for foul play.

Halftime: Naitasiri 12-7Rewa

Rewa gained momentum at the restart scoring their second try through Orisi Sirikoso.

Naitasiri lifted intensity strength­ened their attacking structure and defence which put Rewa under pressure. This allowed Lomani to kick his first penalty.

The hard work of Naitasiri back­line saw Sinate scoring his third try with Douglas kicking the con­version.

Naitasiri continues to enjoy pos­session with the gutsy performanc­es from their new look forward pack which saw former Ba rugby lock forward Sitiveni Kurivitu div­ing in for their fourth try.

Rewa continues to fight on in the last 80 minutes which award­ed themselves a penalty try after Naitasiri was penalized for danger­ous tackle.

Big Play: Despite their loss Rewa backline deserves to be commended with their effort.

Comment: Rewa head coach Ro Al­ifereti Doviverata said: “Congratu­lations to Naitasiri.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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