13 May, 2018, 10:16 am
SKIPPER Cup reigning champion BLK Nadroga Stallions demolished Warwick Navosa 62-0 at Lawaqa Park yesterday. The Stallions scored 10 unanswered tries with winger Pio Mua, openside flanker Sevuloni Tawake and flyhalf Jiuta Lutumailagi scoring two tries each. Other tries were scored by Viliame Bolalailai, Kalivati Volavola, Tomasi Naiduki and veteran Setefano Samoca.
Fullback Josese Kurokava and replacement halfback Sakiusa Gavidi kicked three conversions each as the Stallions secured a crucial bonus point win. Nadroga dominated all facets of the game and taught Navosa a good lesson throughout the game.
The Stallions showcased their trademark open rugby complemented by their aggressiveness in tackle areas which made things difficult for Navosa.
The combination of Ulaiasi Lawavou at number eight, halfback Samu Laqai, Jiuta Lutumailagi and inside centre Ifereimi Tovilevu created problems for the opposition.
Tawake played a man of the match performance displaying his sheer pace and brutal strength to score a brace for the Stallions. Navosa on the other hand failed to counter the rampaging Stallions but learned a huge lesson from the loss.
Nadroga skipper Lawavou said the side played smartly to secure a deserving bonus point win. He also praised the performance of the new players who combined well with the rest of the boys to secure the big win. “We are glad to come out with a win and I thank all players for the effort,” he said.
“Navosa gave us a good test but we remained committed to the cause and played according to the game plan set by the coach. We also committed a few errors which exposed our weaknesses and we need to iron out these mistakes before the game against Naitasiri next week.”
Navosa captain Jone Nareki said the team was taught good lessons by the defending champion. He said the team would return to the drawing board and improve from where they left off yesterday.
“It was a tough game for us and a huge learning to all the players. “Nadroga showed its true status and played well preventing us from scoring any point. “We will go back and review our game and work on the positives to maintain our spot in the major competition,” said Nareki.