Winning Start For Nadolo

Burly Fijian winger back after six months break, Nadolo touched the ball six times, but he made more metres and offloads than any other Tiger.
28 Aug 2020 11:20
Winning Start For Nadolo
Nemani Nadolo of Leicester Tigers takes on the London Irish players in the Gallagher Premiership clash at Wells Road in England on August 27, 2020. Photo: Sky Sports

Burly Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo impressed as Leicester Tigers picked up their first points since the Gallagher Premiership resumption with a morale-boosting 13-7 victory over London Irish at Welford Road yesterday.

After a defeat at Exeter and a 38-16 home thrashing at the hands of Bath, the Tigers fielded a strong side and they just did enough to come away with the four points. David Williams scored their only try with George Ford adding the conversion and two penalties.

But Nadolo made the difference despite a disallowed try after the TMO spotted a deflection forward before the Exiles got on the board with a converted try to make it 13-7 with 20 minutes left to play.

“Yes, it was unfortunate,” Nadolo said of the disallowed try.

“It’s my first game after six months and to get a win is great. So for the next few weeks, we should be getting better, growing and building as we go along.”

The Fijian had not played competitive rugby since February 23, but there was no sign of rust, despite his post-match admittance that he “was blowing seagulls” after a full 80 minutes of rugby.

Nadolo only touched the ball six times in the match, but he made more metres and offloaded more times than any other Tiger.

Hew said it was an honour for him to play for Leicester and will keep pushing for a spot in the run on team.

The Namatakula, Nadroga, native said he had no problem playing at No.8 during certain period of the match due to a yellow card to one of the forwards.

“I’ll help in the forwards if I’m needed,” he added.

Leicester director of rugby Geordan Murphy was especially buoyed by the doggedness of side’s display.

“Someone after the match said, ‘It was not the greatest spectacle’ – but I really enjoyed it,” he said.

“It was very physical and everyone was getting stuck in.

“Our breakdown work was particularly impressive and defensively we did a good job.”

London Irish had Fijian No.8 Albert Tuisue in their starting line-up.

Declan Kidney, London Irish director of rugby, admitted after the match that the breakdown was a cause for concern.

“Leicester got the better of us. We need to learn the balance between being honest and when to compete.

“Leicester were very disciplined but I know we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.

Other results

Northampton Saints 3-18 Bath, Saracens 36-20 Gloucester, Worcester Warriors 29-14 Harlequins

Edited by Simione Haravanua


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