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Nadi wins 15s warm-up

Maciu Malo
Monday, March 24, 2014

Venisemani Ratubalavu kicked two penalties to give his Jack's Nadi side a 25-22 victory over Outrigger on the Lagoon Nadroga during a warm-up match at Lawaqa Park on Saturday.

Nadroga was leading 17-12 at halftime but a forward drive from the Nadi pack at the start of the second spell saw them score a converted try to give the Jetsetters a 19-17 lead.

Both teams included new faces and they gave their all in 80 minutes of tough rugby.

The home team scored a try after they opened up play and the conversion missed.

Trailing 5-0, Nadi waisted no time in taking every opportunity to score points with the clock ticking to fulltime.

Nadroga was penalised for offside and Ratubalavu slotted in his first penalty before he was successful with his second to give Nadi victory.

The Yavusania lad showed he will go a long way with his rugby career if he continues with his current form.

Nadroga rugby union president Tiko Matawalu said the warm-up served it's purpose for the two teams.

"There were basic mistakes from both sides but the coaches will rectify that before the first round of competition in a fortnight's time," said Matawalu.

Nadi coach Noa Naivalu said it was a good hit-out from both teams.

"Despite the win, Nadroga still proves it is a champion team.

"It was our first warm-up of the season, next week we will play Lautoka for the Tui Vuda Trophy."

Nadroga wil play Naitasiri and Nadi takes on Tailevu in the first round of competition in two weeks time.

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