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Play To The Last Whistle, Nadi Captain Tells Players

A former Nadi football rep scored eight points for Jack’s Nadi as they upset Nadroga 16-15 in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday, 2nd April 2022. Semesa Muaidonu donned the No,15 jumper as kicked over penalty in the first half and scored a try in the second half as the Turuva Lumelume captained- side continued their unbeaten run.
03 Apr 2022 13:07
Play To The Last Whistle, Nadi Captain Tells Players
Jack’s Nadi player Orisi Eranavula makes a try saving tackle against Nadroga during the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, April 2, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

A former Nadi football rep scored eight points for Jack’s Nadi as they upset Nadroga 16-15 in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday, 2nd April 2022.

Semesa Muaidonu donned the No,15 jumper as kicked over penalty in the first half and scored a try in the second half as the Turuva Lumelume captained- side continued their unbeaten run.

What happened: in the first minute Nadroga was penalised and Nadi halfback Navitalai Drui kicked it over for a 3-0. The Stallions hit back in the 8th minute when winger Sevuloni Lutu scored their first try which was not converted for a 5-3 lead.

In the 21st minute Muaidonu kicked over a penalty as Nadi regained the lead 6-5.

Halftime: Nadi 6-5 Nadroga.

Both teams brought in their reserves at the start of the second half.

In the 44th minute, Muaidonu scored a try to extend their lead to 11-5. In the 55th minute, Nadroga scored their second try to flanker Juita Biau with conversion from Jack Volavola going over for a 12-11 lead.

In the 46th minute Nadi winger Juita Nave was shown the yellow card for unprofessional play on Nadroga centre Laisiasa Bogidrau.

In the 64th minute Nadi was penalised and Volavola made it 15-11.

But Nadi had the last laugh when they capitalised on a Nadroga mistake as they quickly fed their winger Solomoni Tavai to score in the corner and seal their third win.

Comments: Nadi captain Turuva Lumelume said: “The message to the boys was never to give up. To keep on going right to the final minute. We expected this as we are playing against our neighbour. I thank the players for trusting the process.”

Nadroga coaching director Franck Boivert said: “It was a very poor game because the turf was not in a very poor condition. The players kept losing their footing. We made a lot of tactical mistakes.”



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