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Namosi upsets Lautoka

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, June 08, 2014

WINGER Abele Yalayalatabua showed sheer pace to score two tries to help Namosi to an upset 31-7 bonus point victory against Lautoka at the Skipper Cup at Churchill Park yesterday.

The Timoci Wainiqolo coached Namosi team outclassed the makeshift Maroons displaying free flowing rugby.

It was Namosi's second win against Lautoka in the competition in as many years and it was the former Lautoka reps who joined the Wardens club this year that did the damage.

Viliame Satala and Apakuki Vuaviri were in the starting line up while Joe Visei, Panapasa Namoko and Iona Tuivuna came off the bench for the visitors.

Ball handling and missed tackles were Lautoka's biggest downfalls as Namosi took full advantage.

Wainiqolo said they had come to Churchill Park with an aim to score a bonus point victory.

"We knew that Lautoka would be tough with their home crowd support," he said.

"Apakuki played gallantly. Many players from Lautoka were recruited by our Wardens club. We beat Lautoka last year but I told the players that this year will be different. We are pleased to have completed our mission.

"But there needs to be improvement for our next match against Vatukoula. We need to work on our continuity because the boys were a bit rusty."

Yalayalatabua gave the visitors the best start scoring the opening try in the second minute.

Lautoka replied through Atunaisa Kulimoala in the 16th minute. Sireli Nayate kicked the conversion to edge the home side in front.

However Namosi regained the lead with a penalty from Tuivuna. Silivenusi Cavidi scored Namosi's second try on the stroke of halftime to give them a handy five point advantage.

It was all Namosi in the second half with Neumi Lagilagi, Yalayalatabua and Visei scoring the tries. Tuivuna kicked a conversion.

Lautoka assistant coach Viliame Satala Sr said the exodus of the experienced players cost them dearly.

"Most of our players are young and we are on a development route now starting with the rebuilding process," he said.

"As long as we keep them they will get better."

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