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Maroons Get Farebrother Chance

This is after the side came from behind to upset Yasawa 24-21 in the Bainimarama Shield Challenge at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday.
20 Jul 2019 11:23
Maroons Get Farebrother Chance
Lautoka Maroons reps and fans after winning the Bainimarama Shield at Churchill Park in lautoka last night. Photo: Waisea Naso

The Ifereimi Rawaqa-coached ICON Lautoka Maroon qualified for the first time for the Farebrother Trophy since 2003.

This is after the side came from behind to upset Yasawa 24-21 in the Bainimarama Shield Challenge at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday.

What happened: It was Yasawa who had to take the blame for the loss at full-time. They committed a lot of mistakes, which gifted the Maroons the edge.

In the last five minutes of injury time, Yasawa illegally collapsed the scrum and referee Aisake Drekeni awarded a penalty try.

They broke the hearts of the Marlins, who were leading 21-17.

Yasawa took the lead through two penalty kicks to Jovesa Vaitaukula. Prop Joape Masitabua scored a try and converted by Veitaukula to lead 13-0. In the 35-minute winger Ron Kurulase scored, converted by centre Peniasi Vuniyayawa to trail 13-7 at half-time.

In the 46-minute Veitaukula extended the lead 16-7. Ten minutes later prop Temesia Balavucu scored and converted by Vuniyayawa 16-14.

In the 66th minute Vuniyayawa kicked a penalty for the Maroons to lead for the first time 17-16. Two minutes later hooker Maikeli Sivo came off the bench to block a clearing kick from the 22-metre to race to the tryline.

Lautoka manager Jese Gade said: We were down at half-time, but were optimistic. The boys played their hearts out to win in the end.

Yasawa captain Nasau Lovonawaqe said: “We played our hearts out. That’s rugby and we hope to come back firing next year.”

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