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Fullback Rokotuisawa Boots Highlanders To Victory

Tactical and discipline play by Naitasiri enabled them to wallop the Ram Sami Suva side 26-10 in the third round of the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship and retain the INKK Fiji Rugby Farebrother Trophy in Naluwai, this afternoon. Speaking to SUNsports, Naitasiri head coach ilaitia Tuisese said, it was a hard fought win since Suva are the defending Skipper champions.
03 Apr 2022 13:24
Fullback Rokotuisawa Boots Highlanders To Victory
Naitasiri Rugby team with the INKK Fiji Rugby Farebrother- Trophy in Naluwai. Photo: Supplied

Tactical and discipline play by Naitasiri enabled them to wallop the Ram Sami Suva side 26-10 in the third round of the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship and retain the INKK Fiji Rugby Farebrother Trophy in Naluwai, this afternoon.

Speaking to SUNsports, Naitasiri head coach ilaitia Tuisese said, it was a hard fought win since Suva are the defending Skipper champions.

“We had a good game and the result showed today,” he said.

“It’s good to get the win for the fans and the people of Naitasiri. We really worked on our discipline and now we are going to lay low and work hard again.”

What happened: Naitasiri took the lead 3-0 in the 10th minute when fullback Etonia Rokotuisawa converted a penalty. The hosts struck again when Rokotuisawa made a clean break to run 75 metres before passing the ball to winger Kaliova Mocetadra to score their first try. Rokotuisawa added the extras to make it 10-0.

In the 27th minute, the Suva forwards were caught offside and Rokotuisawa kicked over the penalty to extend their lead.

Halftime: Naitasiri 13-0 Suva.

Suva started strongly in the second spell and scored their first tryto winger Keponi Paul while the conversion from Enele Malele went wide. The visitors made it 13-10 in the 59th minute.

Rokotuisawa’s long range touch finders drove Suva back and they were pressured into making mistakes. This paid dividend in 67th minute when Rokotuisawa kicked over his third penalty to make it 16-10.

He did it again in the 71st minute with his fourth penalty to make it 19-10.

Backed by their vocal fans, the Hillmen went into an overdrive which resulted in lock Sitiveni Kaila scoring their second try with Rokotuisawa’s conversion going over for a 26-10 win.

Other result: Northland went down 22-14 to Namosi at Gatward Park, Korovou



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