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Vatukoula stops losing run in Tavua

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, May 25, 2014

THE Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Vatukoula side broke its two-year winless jinx against Tavua by beating them 16-0 in their Skipper Cup clash at Garvey Park yesterday.

Boosted by a large number of vocal fans, the Goldminers put on a sterling second half performance to give Tavua a fourth consecutive loss in the competition.

It was a tight affair in the first half with both teams fighting hard to take control. Alivereti Veitokani nailed two penalties to give Vatukoula the 6-0 advantage at halftime.

From the resumption of the play Vatukoula launched an attack from midway inside Tavua's territory with captain Saimoni Nadore forcing his way over the tryline.

A defensive blunder allowed the visitors to seal the game in the 78th minute. The Tavua defenders failed to judge a high bomb and the ball bounced into the hands of a racing Leone Ratulevu who dotted down.

Ball handling was Tavua's biggest downfall giving way many knock-ons and forward passes.

Tavua manager Lepani Liga said they faced a tough opposition.

"We admit that we made a lot of mistakes and that was our downfall," Liga said.

"Our next game is against Suva which will be tougher. We have to rectify our mistakes quickly."

Seruvakula said it was good to finally taste victory against Tavua after two seasons.

He said they notched up a level after going down to Nadi in their previous encounter.

"We needed to win this game because it was very important for us," the former national rep said.

"We made mistakes and we know that we could have played better. We did better in the second half by pressuring Tavua.

"We lost to them two years in a row so it is good to get a win this time. When we have the ball on attack we have to score tries.

"If we make mistakes then we have to pay for that. That has all been happening for the past two games.

"We play well in the first half but can't complete the game in the same manner. That is 80 minutes rugby. But for Tavua we made changes and attained the rewards."

This is Vatukoula's second win in the competition. Tavua remains at the bottom of the table.

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