Skipper Cup

Skipper Cup: It Was All Hard Work Says Coach Tuisese

Tuisese said playmaker Tuidraki Samusamuvordre and fullback Vuate Karawalevu are two young players that really stood out and have a long way to go.
16 Aug 2020 15:03
Skipper Cup: It Was All Hard Work Says Coach Tuisese
Naitasiri halfback Jone Navuso flicks a pass despite a tackle from Nadroga’s Emosi Vucago during the Skipper Cup clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on August 15, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Naitasiri kept their hopes alive in making the top four spots of the Skipper Cup after beating Nadroga 9-6 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, yesterday.

Speaking to SUNsports, Naitasiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr said the win was through hard work and commitment

“I told the boys at halftime to stay focused and improve on our lineouts and they did,” he said.

“I’m really happy for the boys and their efforts has really paid off. We really worked hard this week after last week’s game.”

Tuisese said playmaker Tuidraki Samusamuvordre and fullback Vuate Karawalevu are two young players that really stood out and have a long way to go.

“Now we’ll work on our mistakes and improve on it against Suva,” he added.

What happened: There was nothing much in the first half as Naitasiri took the lead in the 8th minute from a Samusamuvodre penalty.

The Stallions on a number of times lost the ball right on the Naitasiri tyrline with Naitasiri captain Sireli Kalou making those crucial turnovers.

Karawalevu kept Nadroga at bay with long touch finders but poor lineout throws from Seremaia Naureure saw Naitasiri lose possession time and again.

Halftime: Nadroga 0-3 Naitasiri

Both teams came out firing in the second spell with equal possession but failed to score points.

Both teams were reduced to 14-men after Apisalome Waqatabu of Nadroga and Jonacani Rogowale were red carded on the 64th minute for foul play.

Veteran Jiuta Lutumailag’s penalty in the 66th minute tied the game up at 3-3.

Nadroga were penalised in the 71st minute and Samusamuvodre converted for a 6-3 lead.

The hosts replied with another Lutumailagi penalty in the 75th minute.

With the scores tied at 6-6 a last minute surge by Naitasiri saw Samusamuvodre land a drop goal to seal the win.
Line-up

Nadroga: 1. Timoci Sauvoli, 2. Ratunaisa Navuma, 3. Taniela Vatunicoko, 4. Manueli Ratuniyarawa, 5. Rupeni Nasiga, 6. Jone Navori, 7, Rusiate Nasove, 8. Ulaiasi Lawavou, 9. Emosi Vucago, 10. Josese Kurokavu, 11. Apimeleki Nadeba, 12. Sakiusa Gavidi, 13. Jonetani Vasurakuta, 14. Savenaca Navuniharau, 15. Apisalome Waqatabu

Naitasiri: 1. Joeli Veitayaki, 2. Lemeki Tuyawa, 3. Solomoni Navuso, 4. Temo Raibevu, 5. Isikia Macu, 6. Necani Nawaqadau, 7. Sevanaia Vuli, 8. Sireli Kaloucava, 9. Jone Navuso, 10. Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, 11. Veramu Dikidikilati, 12. Livai Ikanikoda, 13. Epeli Ratabacaca, 14. Seveci Nakailagi, 15. Vuate Karawalevu.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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