KORONUBU Shield holders Nailaga faced a scare in the opening challenge against Navala at the Ba Market ground on Saturday. Nailaga the Ba Rugby Union champions fought hard to retain the title after beating Navala 22-21. BRU secretary Josaia Vatuloa said they could not have asked for a better start to the shield challenge. He said Naval came close to causing a major upset. "In the next challenge Nailaga will take on Balevuto," Vatuloa said. "In another match Sorokoba defeated Senicaucau."
NAVUSO Barbarian and Verata Youth soccer clubs are the top teams in the Rewa Football Association Local League premier division. Both teams are unbeaten after three games. Yesterday, Verata Youth defeated Visama 3-0 while Navuso had a default win over Dilkusha Excel. Delta Timber Verata and Tanoalevu are the top teams in Division One. The super premier games were not played as most players featured for the Rewa district team against Nadi yesterday. RFA Local League committee Rohitesh Prasad said they would resume with the super premier games after the National Football League ends later this month.
THE Fiji Women's Hockey drew 1-all with the touring New Zealand Masters at the National Hockey Centre last Saturday. After losing the opening two games earlier in the week, Fiji bounced back with the draw. The matches were arranged to help expose the Fijian talents international against the New Zealand as Fiji prepares for the Pacific Oceania Hockey tournament later in the year.
FIVE default games occurred during the Tailevu Rugby Union club competition over the weekend. Vunimono, Naqeledamu, Dravo, Nadali, Nakelo and Kuku all recorded defaulted wins as their opponents failed to turn up on match day. Meanwhile Army scored the highest score of the day with a 41-7 victory over Buretu at the Nakelo grounds. Round one runners up Mokani drew with Dravuni 18-all at Mokani grounds. In other games Nausori beat Lomanisau 20-17, Vuci edged Namara 14-11 and Vunivaivai escaped a 7-6 win against Natakala.
NAPOLIONI Nalaga and Saimoni Vaka featured prominently for their respective teams in round five competition of the French Top 14. Former Western Force flyer, Nalaga scored the winning and only try, three minutes from full time, in Clermont's 14-6 victory over Mont-de-Marsan which had the services of Dan Baleinadogo and William Ryder. Vaka scored a brace for Agen as they won their first game of the season 32-26 over Grenoble which had Viliame Waqaseduadua on the wings. Racing Metro with Virimi Vakatawa, Masi Matadigo beat Bayonne 25-18. Former national sevens rep Seremaia Burotu started off the bench for Biarritz but couldn't help his side as they went down 12-13 to Castres. Metuisela Talebula's Bordeaux beat Waisea Nayacalevu's Stade Francais 30-22. Timoci Matanavou was on the losing end when Toulouse went down to Perpignan 34-20.