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Naitasiri wins battle

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, May 04, 2014

NAITASIRI continued its winning run in the Skipper Cup competition with a hard fought 12-3 victory over Namosi at Thomson Park yesterday.

The new look Naitasiri side, coached by schoolteacher Eroni Vereivalu looked rattled at most. However, they maintained their composure to overcome Namosi, which even struggled to find their rhythm at home, with a lot of casual play.

Namosi took an early lead via a penalty from Semesa Takirua 3-0. The fly-half slotted the penalty after his opposite number Kini Douglas failed to convert two penalties for the visitors.

Naitasiri scored a decisive try to blindside winger Patemo Muavesi from a set piece move, taking advantage of Namosi's 14-men when former national sevens rep Iveri Lavo was sent to the sin bin.

Naitasiri led 5-3 at the break.

After strong motivational words by Namosi coach Timoci Wainiqolo, the home team was on fire in the opening minute of the second half.

With determination to cross Naitasiri's tryline, Namosi, twice took quick taps when awarded two kickable penalties by referee Samu Tuidraki. Both efforts resulted in vain as Naitasiri stood tall in defence.

Naitasiri scored its second try late in the second half.

Gracious in defeat, Wainiqolo said his troops needed to regroup for next week's match.

"I thank the boys for a good game," he said.

"Naitasiri was a tough team. We're still learning the game and we hope to improve our scrum before next week."

Naitasiri coach, Vereivalu was disappointed with the performance of his troops during his post-match talk to the players.

Team manager Atu Koroibou acknowledged the Almighty with the win.

"We're thankful to win here in Navua and we're happy about it," he said.

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