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Naitasiri scores bonus point win

Arin Kumar
Sunday, June 15, 2014

FORMER national sevens rep Nasoni Roko featured prominently for the Tacirua Transport Naitasiri side in their 30-8 bonus point victory over Ovalau yesterday.

The speed merchant scored a try and was instrumental in setting up another in the Skipper Cup fixture.

He also made crucial line breaks and some try saving tackles that allowed the Highlanders to come back after their 15-11 loss to Nadroga last week.

After trailing 5-8 at half-time, Naitasiri made a sublime comeback and scored 25 unanswered points in the second half.

Assistant manager Atu Kuruibou said the players didn't stick to the plan in the first half.

"They (players) did not play the standard of rugby we wanted them to in the first half," he said.

"So our message at the half-time break was for the players to regroup and to work better on their set pieces during the match.

"This win was vital in our title winning hopes because we had lost last week to Nadroga and really needed to win to get our hopes back on track."

Ovalau team coach Evi Vinakadina was proud of his players' performance in the match despite the loss.

"It was good performance from them and I am proud of how they played," he said.

"We did our job in the starting quarter but lost the plot after that and allowed Naitasiri to come back strong."

He said his side would need to improve more on their fitness for their remaining matches in the Skipper Cup competition.

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