A LAST minute converted try to former Flying Fijian Jaoji Dakuvula denied Vatukoula a losing bonus point yesterday.
Dakuvula's try stretched Tailevu's lead by 10 points at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori in a round four Skipper Cup fixture as the hosts won 27-17.
Trailing 10-6 at half-time, Tailevu found their rhythm in the second half and managed to edge ahead 16-10 but a converted try to Vatukoula gave them a 17-16 lead late in the second half.
Flyhalf Emori Waqa then put Tailevu back in the lead with a penalty after which Dakuvula dotted down in the last minute.
Vatukoula coach Senirusi Seruvakula said his players lost concentration in the second half and gave away too many unnecessary penalties.
"We failed to carry on the momentum in the second half and we made some silly mistakes and conceded some yellow cards and penalties," he said.
"The fitness and everything is there but it was just that the players lost concentration in the last minutes."
Tailevu coach Jone Kaila said stern words at the half-time break woke the boys up.
"The red card to our fullback (Aisea Druma) was the wake-up call that we needed," he said.
"But then we talked to the boys about the mistakes they made and the areas we were strong in.
"So in the second half, the boys improved and took charge of the match and tried to control the ball."