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Galala Scores 3 Tries, Hillmen Suffer First Loss

Jack’s Nadi flanker Ilisoni Galala scored a hat-trick of tries as they handed Naitasiri their first loss of the season.
14 May 2022 18:42
Galala Scores 3 Tries, Hillmen Suffer First Loss
Jack’s Nadi Vilikesa Boletawa on attack against Naitasiri during the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Prince Charles Park. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Jack’s Nadi flanker Ilisoni Galala scored a hat-trick of tries as they handed Naitasiri their first loss of the season.

Nadi pipped the Hillmen 32-31 in their Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, today.

The win saw the hosts hold aloft the Rovereivalu Navatulevu Trophy, an annual silverware at stake between the two teams.

What happened: In 12th minute Naitasiri were awarded a penalty try for a 7-0 lead.
Nadi full-back Semesa Muaidonu was sin-binned and in the 20th minute centre Tevita Mociu kicked over Nadi’s first points via a penalty kick to trail 7-3.

In the 22nd minute Galala crashed over for the first try from a set-piece lineout move to send the home fans into a frenzy. The conversion came from Muaidonu as they led 10-7.

Naitasiri full-back Etonia Rokotuisawa was red-carded for dangerous play.

The Nadi forwards went into the overdrive when they won a lineout, after a few phases Galala managed to crash over for his second try and Mociu added the extras, 17-7.

Former Flying Fijians prop Joeli Veitayaki was shown a yellow card for infringing.
A few seconds later winger Aminio Naseyara dived in the corner for Nadi’s third try.

Halftime: Nadi 24-7 Naitasiri.

Just two minutes into the second half, Galala grabbed his third try.

In the 45th minute, outside centre Filimoni Waqainabete broke through the Nadi defensive line to register Naitasiri’s second try.

In a space of 11 minutes, Naitasiri winger Vatiliai Vosawale and Nadi’s Veniona Vuki along with Ron Katonivere were sin-binned.

A minute later Naitasiri recorded their second penalty try 29-19.

Three minutes later, Muaidonu put his side further in front 32-19 with a successful penalty kick. Tireless Naitasiri flanker Tomasi Naiduki barged over for an unconverted try as Naitasiri narrowed the deficit 32-24.

Three minutes later Nadi lock Sitiveni Kuruvitu copped a red card for an unprofessional foul in the ruck.

Inoke Ravuiwasa came off the bench to score Naitasiri’s fifth try and was converted by Kini Douglas.

Comments: Nadi team manager Epeli Qoro said: “I thank Naitasiri for giving us a good game. We stuck to the plan. We’ll take each game as a final.

“So first, we must change our style of game. In the second half, especially with lack of discipline, we got four yellow cards.”

Naitasiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese said: “I am glad the way the boys fought when we were one or two men down. We must sit down and make improvement because why are we getting cards every week.”

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