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Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy: Family Support Drives Namosi To Victory

We take each team as they come, says team manager.
04 Oct 2020 09:21
Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy: Family Support Drives Namosi To Victory
Namosi rugby players with the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy after their 21-3 win over Yasawa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on October 3, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Family support has been the motivating factor behind the success of the Namosi rugby team.

This was revealed by the Namosi team manager Joe Vosanibola after they beat Yasawa 21-3 to retain the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

He told SUNsports the rain and wet ground conditions failed to deter them.

“We thank God for this win,” Vosanibola said.

“Then to our supporters and our families. The Fiji Corrections Service and the National Fire Authority family for their never ending support for the team.

“Their support was the reason why we came out victorious today.”

Vosanibola said the win is now best forgotten as they look forward to their next game.

“We will go back to the drawing board and see our mistakes before we prepare for the next challenge.

“One thing we could not run away from this type of weather but we had to plan accordingly.

“We will see how it comes and then wait for Nadi. We will take Nadi first and then prepare for Suva.”

What happened: Namosi started strongly and scored the first try in the 3rd minute to fullback Meli Nakarawa with Alivereti Veitokani missing the conversion for a 5-0 lead.

In the 4th minute, centre Onisi Ratave ran through several Yasawa tacklers to score the second try with Veitokani converting.

Yasawa successfully slotted in a penalty from Joseva Vetaukula to narrow the deficit 12-3

Veitokani added another three points from a penalty on the stroke of halftime.

Halftime: Namosi 15-3 Yasawa.

Clever play from Namosi saw them take control of the game.

Veitokani booting over two penalties to extend their lead to 21-3.

LINE-UP

Namosi: 1. Aseri Robarobalevu, 2. Jone Naqiri, 3. Alifereti Rabaukawaqa, 4.Neori Racule, 5. Eparama Luvata, 6, Apakuki Vuaviri, 7. Akapusi Roqica, 8, Kelepi Naimasi (C), 9. Peni Matawalu, 10. Alivereti Veitokani, 11. Lepani Raiyala, 12. Kalaveti Ravouvou, 13. Onisi Ratave, 14. Apenisa Ratukabu, 15. Meli Nakarawa.

Yasawa: 1. Sailosi Sekitoga, 2. Maikeli Sivo, 3. Tomasi Nawaqa, 4. Pita Vukimatana, 5. Manasa Vatanitawake, 6. Seru Momo, 7. Timoci Ratu, 8. Rusiate Waqa, 9. Filimoni Morawa, 10. Joseva Vetaukula, 11. Inia Rokomatu, 12. Jone Tanoa, 13. Eliki Naikusa, 14. Saimone Ratuisoa, 15. Tomasi Ralulu.

WOMEN’S RESULTS

  • Nadi 19-34 Lautoka, Naitasiri 0-0 Nadroga (game cancelled due to weather conditions), Namosi 17-25 Yasawa, Suva 15-12 Tailevu

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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