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Newcomers ready to improve Macuata rugby

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, February 09, 2014

NEWCOMERS, Momentive New Zealand Fiji Forest Industries Malau will be a force to be reckoned with in this year's Macuata provincial rugby club competitions after they beat Service 12-5 in Labasa yesterday.

The team wasted no time as it successfully converted a penalty against Service in the first minutes of their friendly match to lead 3-0.

Service looked threatening as they successfully penetrated the Momentive New Zealand defence in the closing stages of the first half with an unconverted try from Ponipate Talei to take over the lead 5-3.

Momentive New Zealand started the second half with renewed spirits attacking the Service defence line and managed to convert a penalty from Napolioni Seru.

Momentive New Zealand sealed their win in the last minutes of the second half as they scored another converted try to Semi Sariki bringing points at fulltime 12-5.

Momentive New Zealand coach Waisea Gauna said he was happy with his side's performance given the fact that they were a new side.

"We are looking forward to getting enterprising rugby into this year's Macuata provincial club competition," he said.

"As a new team to the competition we are here to support provincial rugby and actively participate in the development of the game at the provincial level."

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