Young Stallions On Fire

“One of our goals is to bring back the Nadroga flair. I guess we started to add pace and speed in our game.
11 Apr 2021 12:41
Young Stallions On Fire
Nadroga’s Kelemede Navucu scores the first try against Suva during the Skipper Provincial Cup clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on April 10, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Reset, refocus in scrums and phase play were the key elements in Nadroga’s 25-17 win over defending champions Suva at the ANZ Stadium, last night.

Speaking to SUNsports team manager Pita Kadralevu said the team worked on their scrum and phase play.

“This is because we knew that was our weakness last year so we came prepared this time,” he said.

“One of our goals is to bring back the Nadroga flair. I guess we started to add pace and speed in our game.

“With that came patience in both attack and defence, the boys knew that we had fast players in the team so we utilised them.

“Most importantly we kept the ball in the build-up the phases and that led to a great game and victory.”

“We fielded five young players and they played really well and that’s what we want to do this year.”

What happened: Both teams started strongly with power and pace in the first 10 minutes.

Suva began to control the game and was awarded a penalty in the 8th minute which was converted by fullback Enele Malele.

Nadroga was awarded a penalty in the 12th minute but Kelemede Navucu failed to convert.

Nadroga started to lift the tempo of the game stringing together five passes that created an unconverted try to Tevita Sorowale as they led 5-3

Scrappy play from Suva allowed Nadroga to score their second try to first five eight Peni Kadralevu that was converted by Sorowale to extend their lead to 12-3.

The Stallions disrupted Suva’s set pieces causing numerous scrums to their advantage.

Suva reacted quickly to a penalty that was awarded to them Kolinio Tamanitoakula drove to score a try with Malele’s conversion making it 12-10.

Nadroga was awarded a penalty in the 38th minute and Sorowale made no mistake as they led 15-10.

There were four turnovers in the first spell with both teams having two each and seven scrums that was dominated by Nadroga.

Halftime: Suva 10-15 Nadroga

Suva started strongly in the second spell and scored a try to Elia Canakaivata in the 47th and was converted by Malele for a 17-15 lead.

Suvas second five-eighth Vatilai Dulaki was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle but the penalty kick from Sorowale went wide.

Nadroga winger Panapasa Qeruqeru ran 30m untoched to score in the corner to give Nadroga a 20-17 lead.

Qeruqeru scored another try straight after kickoff to seal the victory for Nadroga 25-17.






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