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Vodafone Vanua Championship: Win Is A Bonus, Says Bai

“It’s about player development, the challenges that come with it, the passion the community has about rugby and different back­ground these players come from and how we work with them,” the former Flying Fijians star back said."
05 May 2019 01:09
Vodafone Vanua Championship: Win Is A Bonus, Says Bai
Ram Sami Nasinu rugby after their Vodafone Vanua Championship win against Macuata at Marist Brother High School ground in Suva on May 4,2019. Photo: Leone Cabenatabua

The young Ram Sami Nasinu rugby side pipped Macuata 28-27 in the Vodafone Vanua Championship clash at Marist Brothers High School ground in Suva yesterday.

Nasinu coach Seremaia Bai told SUNsports the win was only a bo­nus.

“It’s about player development, the challenges that come with it, the passion the community has about rugby and different back­ground these players come from and how we work with them,” the former Flying Fijians star back said.

“It is credit to the boys for the hard work they put in. As coach we teach them a lot but what they give is very little but it’s the hard work they put in and the win to­day is a bonus.”

Bai highlighted that a few of the players are from his academy and in return he has been able to pro­vide employment to some of the players in the team.

“To me it’s the care we have for these players,” he added.

What happened: Macuata started strongly using their big forwards to break the Nasinu defence. In the 12th minute Macuata first five eight Joni Koroilagilagi scooped up a loose ball after a misunder­standing in the Nasinu backline to score under the post and he con­verted it for a 7-0 lead.

In the 19th minute Nasinu first five eight Ilaisa Bacau converted a penalty as they trailed 7-3.

Macuata went ahead in the 35th minute 10-3 when Koroilagilagi was successful with his first pen­alty. Nasinu prop Jale Koroi was yellow carded in the 40th minute for a high tackle and was followed by Macuata winger Sitiveni Sad­rugu.

The mobile Nasinu forwards took play close to the Macuata tryline with nippy halfback Waisale Vesi­kula dictating play. From close to the tryline, Bacau kicked the ball cross field for winger Seuta Dav­eta to collect and score. Bacau con­verted to level the scores.

Halftime: Nasinu 10-10 Macuata.

Macuata hit back with a try to flanker Viliame Rokosena after he chased through a grubber kick from Sakiusa Tamani with Koroil­agilagi’s conversion making it 17-10.

This woke Nasinu up as their mobile forwards drove close the Macuata tryline with flanker Pan­apasa Naisaroki scoring on the corner with the conversion going wide.

But in the 61st minute Bacau put Nasinu to an 18-17 lead with a pen­alty but their joy was shortlived with Koroilagilagi’s penalty in the 63rd minute making it 20-18. Nasinu bounced back with a try to winger Uraia Ratu as they re­gained the lead 20-23.

Macuata struck again with a try to Manasa Simpson with Koroil­agilagi’s conversion making it 27-23. Right on fulltime a Nasinu at­tack saw Ratu squeeze way over to score the winning try right at the corner for the 28-27 win.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s 10s Macuata walloped Nasinu 34-20 while in the Under-19 Wallisons sponsored- Nasinu beat Macuata 17-0.

Comments: Macuata Rugby Un­ion chairman Usaia Turaganiva­lu said: “It was a close game and we’re happy with a bonus point since it is our away game.”

Nasinu coach Bai said: “We’re playing Cakaudrove next and it’s going to be a tough game.”

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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