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Naroyasi boots Tavua to victory

Maciu Malo
Sunday, June 08, 2014

TAVUA created a major upset beating Suva 15-12 in the Skipper Tuna competition held at Garvey Park yesterday.

Fly half Tevita Naroyasi was the toast of his team scoring all points from his boot to give Tavua their first win this season.

Naroyasi missed only one penalty from five awarded to his team. He was a thorn in the Suva backline creating gaps for former national 7s rep Seremaia Burotu to work on.

The soft spoken playmaker gave credit to his teammates for enabling him to score all the points for Tavua.

He said he was happy to contribute to his team's success against one of the champion teams in Fiji.

"I am happy with my performance and I thank the Almighty God for his blessing to help my team beat Suva," said Naroyasi.

"I also thank my teammates for their effort enabling us to upset Suva."

Burotu said he was honoured to help his home team win their first game this season.

"This is my first game for Tavua and I am happy with the outcome," he said.

"I told the boys before the game to play together as a team and to deliver the goods for our home fans.

"I am glad the boys produced the goods in style."

Suva manager Tiko Vakatale said Tavua was hungry for a win and they took their chances well.

"We never took our chances allowing Tavua to beat us," he said.

"We need to bounce back in the remaining games."

Suva flyer Jone Taletawa opened the floodgates when he picked up a loose ball and raced away to score the first try.

Three minutes later skipper Leone Tabuarua scored the second try for Suva before halfback Seru Vularika added the extras.

Naroyasi registered his first point for his team with a 47m penalty to leave the scores 12-3 in favour of the visitors at the break.

Burotu made his presence felt in the second spell breaking the first line of defence and forcing the opposition to unforced errors.

The France-based player was a tower of strength to the Tavua backline and combined well with his fellow France-based fullback Sionasa Vunisa to give Tavua an upset win.

Suva failed to score any points in the second spell while Naroyasi kicked three penalties for the hosts.

Line-up

Tavua: 1.Graham Amoe,2. Jone Selala, 3.Jope Naleqa, 4.Jonetani Savuti, 5.Anare Vunakece, 6.Meli Vunakece, 7.Apisai Take,8. Marika Tabutaci, 9.Samu Vauvau, 10.Tevita Naroyasi, 11.Semi Balenaivalu, 12.Ifereimi Duvago, 13.Seremaia Burotu, 14.Saimoni Tuilaucala, 15.Sionasa Vunisa

Reserves: 16. Eddie Peckham, 17.Iveri Momo,18. Samu Vunivalu, 19.Peni Bavia, 20.Natoga Burotu, 21.Isei Matai, 22. Sowani Toutou, 23.

Nacanieli Kuwe

Suva. 1.Osea Naganilau, 2.Seremaia Tokamalua, 3.Joeli Veitayaki, 4.Keverieli Bulivorovoro, 5.Netani Vora, 6.Jonetani Ratokarua,7.

Aparama Ravula, 8.Lemeki Damu, 9.Seru Vularika,10. Leone Tabuarua, 11.Jone Taletawa, 12. Eliki Radawa, 13.John Stewart, 14.Jone Saukuru, 15.Isireli Masiwili

Reserves: 16.Josaia Cikaitoga, 17.Inoke Sevua, 18.Jale Koroi, 19.Filimoni Batiniu, 20.Isoa Rabuka, 21.Ledua Mucunabitu, 22.Meli Rusa, 23.Sakiusa Bureitakea





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