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Niubalavu: We Still Need To Do More Work

Vitaeli Niubalavu was the toast of the Yasawa Women’s rugby side after they pipped Tailevu 28-27 in their ANZ Marama Championship clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, today.
23 Apr 2022 14:57
Niubalavu: We Still Need To Do More Work
Yasawa and Lautoka rugby players gather for a photo session after their ANZ Marama Championship clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on April 23, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vitaeli Niubalavu was the toast of the Yasawa Women’s rugby side after they pipped Tailevu 28-27 in their ANZ Marama Championship clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, today.

The nippy centre scored the try that ignited their fightback to win the match.

What happened: The visitors took the lead in the 8th minute when full-back Elesi Leweni scored an unconverted try to lead 5-0.

In the 23rd minute, Yasawa full-back Filomaina Palu replied with a try and first five eight Ani Mei landed the conversion for a 7-5 lead.

Their joy was short-lived when when Tailevu flanker Valetina Locanivau scored a try as they regained the lead 10-7.
In the 32nd minute Tailevu centre Ateca Tinaisa scored their third try with the conversion from Savaira Ratu going over to extend their lead to 17-7.

At the stroke of half time, Yasawa centre Vitaeli Niubalavau scooted underneath the post to score their second try with Mei adding the extras.
Halftime: Yasawa 14-17 Tailevu.

At the start of the second spell, Tailevu prop Ema Tawake was yellow carded.

In the 47th minute Vika Nakacia scored Yasawa’s third try with Mei converting for 21- 17.

In the 66th minute Mere Tuidama scored their fourth try with the conversion from Mei to make it 28-17.

Then Tailevu came back strongly to score 10 unanswered points but it was too late.

Comments: Yasawa captain Niubalavu said: “The girls had the needed strength to match Tailevu and we have improved from the other matches.
“This is our second win for the season.
“We still need to do more work in improving our ball handling.”

Suva still unbeaten

Meanwhile, Wallson Suva women’s side remained unbeaten in the ANZ Marama Championship after beating Naitasiri 21-10 at the Navuso ground on Friday.
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