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Skipper Cup: Suva Saves The Best For Last, Northland Next

Suva hooker Sireli Ledua and Namosi prop Aseri Robarobalevu were both red carded in the 35th minute for punching soon after Namosi scored the first try.
12 May 2019 15:12
Skipper Cup: Suva Saves The Best For Last, Northland Next
Suva rugby side after their 34-16 Skipper Cup win over Nadroga at ANZ Stadium on May 4, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Suva escape with a win at the death to stay unbeaten in the third round of the Skipper Cup Premiership competition at Thomson Park, Navua yesterday.

The defending champions edged Namosi 12-11 coming together a united force in the last 10 minutes to seal the deal.

Billed as the feature match of the round as it featured many Swire Shipping Fijian Latui reps, the match could have lived up to expecta­tions if it could have been better controlled by players and officials.

Suva hooker Sireli Ledua and Namosi prop Aseri Robarobalevu were both red carded in the 35th minute for punching soon after Namosi scored the first try.

Ledua retaliated after he was verbally provoked by Robarobalevu.

Ledua later apologized to the team for his demeanor which nearly proved costly to the team.

“ I slapped him and he dived but I should have kept my cool,”Ledua said.

“I’m sorry for letting the team down.”

Namosi No.7 Johnny Dywer was yellow carded in the last quarter leaving Namosi to play with 13 men allowing Suva to strike back.

Namosi led 5-0 at halftime and extended their lead to 11-0 from two penalties.

But Suva hit back with a try to Elia Canakaivata which was convert­ed and Mateo Qolisese sealed the win with a try in the corner.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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