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Nadro on top

Jo Kunaluvea
Sunday, May 18, 2014

NADROGA maintains it's lead in the Skipper Cup rugby competition after it thrashed previously unbeaten Suva 31-6 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

Despite the slippery and muddy turf, the home side managed to score four unanswered tries all converted by Apisalome Waqatabu.

They now lead the competition points table with 19 points.

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga played his cards right by testing his new front row of Rusiate Levula, Iliesa Leca and Nemani Camainakelo and he was not disappointed as the trio played to his expectations.

Leca scored Nadroga's first try and was voted man of the match by Kiwi tourist Neil Bridgland.

"My man of the match was number two for Nadroga, he played really well throughout and also help set up another try," he said.

Nadroga's inside centre Savenaca Rawaca scored the host's second converted try before Suva cushioned the deficit 14-3 after a successful penalty.

The Nadroga pack led by Rupeni Nasiga and well supported by Manoa Tamaya, Epeli Natuikata, Ulaiasi Lawavou and Nemani Nagusa often broke Suva's first line of defence during attack and were ruthless in every tackle they made.

In the second spell veteran Setefano Somoca, Jerry Naureure and Peni Ravai entered the field and they made their presence felt when they led a forward surge inside Suva's 22 metre line.

This resulted in Somoca dotting down his team's third try to extend the Stallions lead to 21-3

The Suva forwards were pushed backwards in the scrums in the second half and were no match to the superior opposition pack

Suva managed to increase its scores to 21-6 after being awarded another penalty

Waqatabu scored Nadroga's fourth try after a one on one situation with his opposite number and he increased his team's point with a penalty after Suva was caught offside to take the final scores to 31-6.

Suva manager Tiko Vakatale was gracious in defeat.

"Nadroga had the combination and they played well.

"In the second half we thought Suva would lift their performance but Nadroga's impact players took their team to another height," said Vakatale.

Nadroga manager Iliavi Kato said the team was prepared to play in any kind of weather.

"Despite the win, we still committed mistakes and we will try and rectify our mistakes before we play Tailevu next week," said Kato.

Nadroga is the defending champion of the Skipper Cup (formerly the Digicel Cup).

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