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Nadi wins warm-up clash

Maciu Malo
Sunday, April 06, 2014

FORMER Tailevu reps Aminiasi Nava and Vilive Aria marked their return to their home team Jack's Nadi when they defeated Outrigger on the Lagoon Nadroga 20-15 in a pre-season game at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

Hard running flanker Nava was in top shape and formed a formidable combination at the back of the scrum with national 7s rep Semi Kunatani and former Flying Fijians number eight Kelepi Ketedromo.

The Nadi loose trio laid the platform for their forwards and gave quality balls to their explosive backline to weave their magic.

While Nava was doing the damage upfront, Fiji Warriors centre Aria was the demolition man in the backline breaking the first line of defence with blockbustering runs almost every time he had the ball.

Aria's hard work was rewarded when he scored a try to help his team defeat Fiji's rugby champion for the second time this year.

Nadi's other tries were scored by Ketedromo, hooker Isoa Damudamu and Aca Simolo to Nadroga's three tries.

Nadi assistant coach Cohan Politini said the jetsetters had been boosted with the return of Nava and Aria.

He also commended his troops for a great performance against the Stallions.

"We were not targeting a win but I thank the players for their effort," said Politini.

"We are trying to build our combination as we prepare for the first game of the season next week.

"We are also grateful to see the return of two Nadi sons in Aria and Nava. They have fitted well in our team and they will play a huge role in this year's campaign."

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga was satisfied with his team's performance despite the loss.

He said he introduced some new boys during the game and was happy with their performance.

"It was a good test for most of the new boys in the team and I am satisfied with their performance," said Nauga.

"We managed to identify our weaknesses and I am hopeful the side would lift their game during the competition."





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