ROBUST outside centre Nemani Turaganivalu scored a double to steer the top-of-the-table Tebara Bus Tailevu side to a bonus-point victory over Rewa 24-3 in Nausori last night.
And coach Lance Whippy highlighted that consistency will be a challenge to his players as they head into the later stage of the Digicel Cup competition.
Turaganivalu dotted down twice in the 55th and 67th minute after openside flanker Aminiasi Nava opened the scoreboard for the home team.
Rewa fullback Netani Siga had crucial opportunities with three penalties to put Rewa in the lead, however, he was successful with only one kick, keeping the score margin at 5-3 at the break.
Turaganivalu's giant figure was an advantage, as he broke through the opposition defence at many times creating opportunities for his team.
He scored his first try when flyhalf Sunia Bainivalu distributed the ball outwide to the hungry Turaganivalu who spotted a gap from a huge left foot step and raced away to the tryline carrying two defenders with him.
Fullback Jaoji Dakuvula had a nightmare with his boot, failing to convert any kick through the night. Whippy said it was important to score as many points at this stage of the competition. "Rusty I have to say," Whippy replied when asked about the performance of his players.
"Five weeks off, we need to come back together again, we won't use that as an excuse but we need to get small things right before our next game," he said.
Replacement halfback and Fiji under-20 rep Seru Cavuilati completed the bonus point campaign for the green machine in the 77th minute after Turaganivalu's second. Bainvalu added the conversion for the both tries.
"Oh yes, I will have to say thank you to the boys for the bonus point win, I guess we need to do the small things right, ensure that the execution of what we need to do takes us to the next level," Whippy said. He said the challenge for his troops was to maintain consistency until the final game.
"Well the continuity of things is what we need to focus on. We are at the business end of the season, so whatever we do and every point that we make now counts. But consistency remains the key to our game and how we execute it will be a challenge for the players," he added.
Today, Naitasiri takes on Suva at Albert Park at 3pm. Lautoka hosts Tavua at home and Macuata plays Northland at Subrail Park while the mouth-watering clash between Nadi and Nadroga will be played at Sigatoka's Lawaqa Park.