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New-look Nadroga beat Tailevu

The Eremasi Radrodro captained- Nadroga rugby side secured a bonus point in their 29-14 win over Tailevu in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship clash at Lawaqa Park, in Sigatoka, this afternoon Nadroga fielded eight debutants with Aisake Atani, Jiuta Biau, Sevuloni Lutu and Jack Volavola in the starting line-up.
19 Mar 2022 17:30
New-look Nadroga beat Tailevu

The Eremasi Radrodro captained- Nadroga rugby side secured a bonus point in their 29-14 win over Tailevu in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship clash at Lawaqa Park, in Sigatoka, this afternoon Nadroga fielded eight debutants with Aisake Atani, Jiuta Biau, Sevuloni Lutu and Jack Volavola in the starting line-up.

Coming in as subs were Manoa Mocelutu, Meli Kurisaru, Akuila Saukuru and Tomasi Qaniuci.

 

What happened: In the 3 rd minute prop Ilaitia Sela was sin-binned for unprofessional play at the breakdown.

In the 8 th minute crafty flanker Ilikimi Torosi scored a try near the post as they led 5-0.

In the 25th minute, Radrodro extended their lead with a try which was successfully converted by full-back Volavola, 12-0.

 

Five minutes later winger Jones Dukumoli scored under the post and made it easy for Volavola to add the extras.

In the 39th minute Inoke Taka was sin-binned.

 

Halftime: Nadroga 19-0 Tailevu.

 

In the second half, Tailevu tried their best to contain the Stallions.

In the 45th minute, Volavola scored a try in the corner as Nadroga led 24-0.

In the 53rd minute Osea Qanisea scored Tailevu’s first try and conversion by Maika Baleinalotu went wide as they trailed 24-7.
Nadroga’s Ben Kalou came off the bench to score a try in the corner to extend their lead to 29-7.

Tailevu scored their second try through debutant Asivorosi Tora and converted by Etueni Seru.

 

Comment:

Nadroga head coach Etonia Naba said: “Under the new management, the players played well.”

“It’s the first of the season and its good to start with a bonus point.”

“We had eight debutants and it is good to put them in the team so we can gauge them.”

 

Tailevu head coach Samisoni Bai said: “This is a young and developing team and what happened out there really taught us a lesson.”

“We will go back to the drawing board and iron out our mistakes before the next match.”

 

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