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Wrong Decisions Prove Costly For Northland

Tailevu survived a Northland second half onslaught to win 17-12 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori today.
14 May 2022 18:28
Wrong Decisions Prove Costly For Northland
Northland captain and No.8 Manueli Laqai in a lineout tussle against Tailevu in the Skipper Fiji Rugby Championship at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, today. Photo: Leon Lord

Tailevu survived a Northland second half onslaught to win 17-12 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori today.

The Isake Katonibau- coached Northland started former Fijian 7s playmaker Livai Ikanikoda at first five eight and controlled their game.

It was poor decisions by the players toward the end of the match when they were camping close to the Tailevu tryline proved costly.

What happened: Both teams started well with Northland playing a more structured game. Tighthead prop Emmanuel Naciva was in devastating form as Tailevu found it hard to contain him in the scrums.
In the process Tailevu were penalised twice for collapsing the scrums

Tailevu suffered a setback when first five eight Alivereti Mocelutu had to leave the field due to injury and was replaced by Jone Vota.

In a backline move Tailevu centre Adriu Naiyaga sliced through a gap to score the first try in the 29th minute with Osea Qamasea landing the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Tailevu halfback Autiko Domonakibau was yellow carded in the 36th minute for throwing the ball away.

Northland missed a penalty attempt by Ilimeleki Leiloma in the final minute.

Halftime: Tailevu 7-0 Northland

Northland started strongly with a try to hooker Osaia Seru from a forward rush with Leiloma converting to level the scores at 7-7.

Tailevu took a slender 10-7 lead from a Qamasea penalty after Northland were penalised for infringing in the ruck.

Then Naiyaga struck again when he broke through the defence and passed the ball to Domonakibau to dot down their second try with Qamasea adding the extras.

Northland fought back gallantly with captain and No.8 Manueli Laqai scoring their second try to narrow the deficit 17-12.
It was all Northland but poor decisions in trying to run the ball instead of utilising their powerful scrum did not work in their favour.


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