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Dakuvula kicks Tailevu to opening game victory over Lautoka

Arin Kumar
Sunday, April 13, 2014

THREE penalties from flyhalf Jaoji Dakuvula gave Tailevu a 9-7 win over Lautoka in the first match of the Skipper Cup competition this season.

The Tebara Buses-sponsored side managed to edge the Maroons in an error-riddled affair at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Friday night.

Two players from each side were yellow carded in the match while the opposing flyhalves had an off-day with the boot missing many attempts at the post.

Dakuvula put Tailevu up 6-0 before Lautoka scored through scrum-half Kelemedi Bola in the last minute of the first half.

The conversion from lock Nacanieli Loga allowed the visitors to lead at the break 7-6.

A penalty from Dakuvula mid-way in the second half proved to be the match winner as Lautoka failed to turn possession into points.

Maroons flyhalf Moape Turaganikeli had a horrible start to the season as he missed all his penalty attempts.

Tailevu coach Jone Kaila commended his players on their performance but said there was room for improvement.

"This is the first match of the competition for us and it could have gone either way," he said.

"Our players made a lot of mistakes in the match which nearly cost us the match but a win is a positive start for us."

Assistant Lautoka coach Viliame Satala rued missed opportunities and said basic errors let them down.

"We made a lot of basic errors in the match and lost the ball very easily," he said.

"Discipline and kicking is something we will need to improve on for our next games."


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