SPORTS

Dragons Beat Roosters In State Cup Final

Saru Dragons head coach Netava Rokoliwa after their close 12-8 win against Sabeto Roost­ers at Prince Charles Park on Sat­urday heaved a sigh of relief when the referee blew the final whistle.
27 Jul 2022 12:05
Dragons Beat Roosters In State Cup Final
Sabeto Roosters in control against Saru Dragons during the Vodafone State Cup match.Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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Saru Dragons head coach Netava Rokoliwa after their close 12-8 win against Sabeto Roost­ers at Prince Charles Park on Sat­urday heaved a sigh of relief when the referee blew the final whistle.

“It was a tough match and we had a plan to execute which we thought would work our way,” Rokoliwa said.

“The boys dominated some phases but they had to work hard to win,” he said.

“Now that, this is done we need to work harder in the next round.”

The Saru Dragons were crowned the Western State Vodafone Cup winners following their win.

The two teams gave a good and tough game, errors proved costly for the.

The Dragons took the lead with a try to Neibuka Tuitakali and conversion to Joseva Vetaukula to lead 6-0.

Roosters back with a penalty to Ti­moci Naloto and fullback Tusela Ra­vuravu scored a try to close the gap.

Both teams were locked 6-all at the breather.

Rooster came firing and Ilami Susu slotted another penalty to take the lead for the first time 8-6.

Simeli Miramira slotted a penalty to draw 8-8.

Towards the end of the match Ru­siate Ratukana of the Dragons had a final laugh with a try in the cor­ner; this sent their fans into frenzy.

Roosters head coach Sivaniolo Varo said: “We were expecting a tough match and it happened.

The Dragons were a better side and we will be grouping to finish the season at the top.

“They are tough team to beat but we have learnt a few things from this match.”

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