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Tailevu Hold Namosi In Skipper Thriller

Hosts Tailevu held favourites Namosi 21-21 in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, this afternoon.
07 May 2022 18:32
Tailevu Hold Namosi In Skipper Thriller
Action from the Tailevu and Naitasiri rugby lineout at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on May 7, 2022. Photo: FRU Media

Hosts Tailevu held favourites Namosi 21-21 in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, this afternoon.

What happened: Namosi took the lead after kick off when Tailevu was penalised for an infringement and Peniasi Ratu kicked it over for a 3-0 lead.

The hosts came back fighting and in the 9th minute Namosi were penalised for a high tackle and first five eight Alivereti Mocelutu converted it for Tailevu.

A poor clearance by Namosi second five-eighth Timoci Daurua was scooped up by the Tailevu winger who dashed over to the tryline for the first try. Mocelutu landed the conversion for a 10-3 lead.

Tailevu spun the ball around as they ran the bigger Namosi forwards, a chip kick behind the defence saw Tailevu scored their second try in the 33rd minute but the conversion went wide.

The visitors changed their game plan as they kept the ball among their forwards. They mauled their way towards the Tailevu tryline before the ball was spun to Seremaia Komailevuka to score their first try, which was not converted.
Halftime: Tailevu 15-8 Namosi.

Namosi came back strongly and a break from second five eight Vatiliai Tora took play into Tailevu’s 22-metre zone before Namosi hooker Komailevuka bulldozed his way over the tryline to level the scores 15–15.

Namosi was penalised for overside right in front of the post and Mocelutu converted for an 18–15 lead.

In the 72nd minute Tailevu conceded a penalty and Namosi levelled the scores to 18-18. An exchange of penalties in the dying stages left the final scores at 21-21.

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