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Suva dominates battle of the cities in Lautoka

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, May 11, 2014

SUVA maintained its unbeaten run in the Skipper Cup after beating Lautoka 23-13 at Churchill Park yesterday.

The visitors held the upper hand in the battle of the cities dominating possession.

Suva was quick at the break down and created attacking moves from broken play.

Ball handling proved to be the biggest downfall for the Maroons.

Suva capitalised on the turnovers scoring a brace of tries.

Lautoka had its moments early in the second half after Onisimo Nayato dotted down but failed to build on the momentum.

Suva backline coach Apenisa Vodo said they should have had the match in the bag in the first half.

Vodo said they managed to defend well in the second spell.

"We should have closed up the game in the first half but we let Lautoka come back," he said.

"However the boys managed to defend well. Lautoka came hard at ruck time. We are happy with the result and are looking at consistency.

"Captain Vesi Rarawa led by example and John Stewart played well in the back line."

Stewart, Samu Suguturaga and Aporosa Kenatale scored the tries for Suva. Mesake Druma kicked a penalty and a conversion. Replacement Seru Vularika kicked a late penalty.

Lautoka fullback Elia Tora kicked two penalties and converted Nayato's try.

Lautoka team manager Maika Ratu said Suva was the better team on the day.

"It was a good game," Ratu said.

"It is a rebuilding phase for us with many new players. Ball handling let us down."

In other matches Vatukoula defeated Macuata 12-8 at Theodore Park and Naitasiri downed Tavua 31-19 at Garvey Park.

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