Skipper Cup

Nadi Survive Northland’s Onslaught To Win At Home

The Ilai Derenalagi coached- Jack’s Nadi continued with unbeaten run after edging out 24-18 in the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship in Nadi, this afternoon.
26 Mar 2022 18:36
Nadi Survive Northland’s Onslaught To Win At Home
Nadi lock Vilikesa Boletawa wins a lineout against Northland at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on March 26, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

The Ilai Derenalagi coached- Jack’s Nadi continued with unbeaten run after edging out 24-18 in the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship in Nadi, this afternoon.

What happened: In the 29th minute Nadi scored their first try through lock Turuva Lumelume and was converted by fullback Semesa Muadonu for a 7-0 lead.

Three minutes later Nadi lock Vilikesa Boletawa scored their second try as they extended their lead to 12-0.

In the 34 minute of play, Northland winger Rokomoce Vakatalesau scored in the corner when he ran untouched for 20 metres to close the gap, 12-5.

In the 38th minute, Nadi centre Jope Naseyara scored a try and the conversion by halfback Navitalai Driu went over.

Halftime: Nadi 19-5 Northland.

Three minutes into the second spell, the visitors started their onslaught where halfback Suluka Tunaka scored their second try 19-10.

In the 54th minute, Nadi winger Raymond Karasini was sin-binned.

In a space of five minutes, fullback Apenisa Deve kicked a penalty and scored a try as Northland was a point behind, 19-18.

In the 68th minute, Navitalai Driu dashed their Northland hopes with a try as they led 24-18.

Comments: Nadi Rugby chairman Sekove Tuilakeba said: “A win is a win and we are happy with the boys today, a bonus point and the competition is getting tougher. We had a good start last weekend. We seem to have a great off season as the boys came out well for the training and we are looking forward to next week.”

Northland captain Inia Batikota said: “It was a pretty close match the boys did gave their hearts out.
“My message at the second half was to play the full 80 minutes. We did put some momentum but it was not so easy. The main focus today was to win, unfortunately we didn’t achieve that but it was a good game and a good lesson learnt from this game.”

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