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Suva moves to second spot

Arin Kumar
Sunday, July 06, 2014

THE Suva rugby side subdued a late surge from Naitasiri to win 17-15 and move up to second place on the Skipper Cup points table.

Serupepeli Vularika was the man who made it all happen for the Capital City side as he converted two tries and kicked a penalty in the win.

The versatile half-back was equally good in attack and defence in the match at the ANZ Stadium.

His ability to spark attack from at the back of the scrum and find gaps in the opposition line saw him moved to centre early in the second spell.

Vularika was always on the move and by the end of the match; he was filling in a fullback as Emosi Mulevoro was moved in to flyhalf.

The hosts took an early lead with a Joeli Veitayaki try which was converted by Vularika.

Kini Douglas then landed a penalty for the Tacirua Transport Naitasiri side and then converted Necani Nawaqadau's try on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors a 10-7 lead at the breather.

National sevens team captain Osea Kolinisau scored a brilliant team try early in the second spell to mark his return in the Suva jersey after one year.

Vularika's conversion took their tally to 14-10 after which his penalty stretched their lead to 17-10.

Naitasiri captain and former national sevens star Nasoni Roko provided veteran lock and the other former national sevens rep in the side - Senivalati Vunibola to score late in the second half but Douglas missed the conversion which could have drawn the match.

Douglas then missed a penalty which could have won them the match three minutes from full-time.

Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou said he was disappointed with the performance of his players as they failed to score more points from the chances they had created in the match.

"It was the score line we were hoping for but a win is a win," he said.

"We have some niggling injuries in the team so some changes can be expected for the next match against Namosi at home."

Naitasiri manager Waisea Luveniyali praised his players for their never say die attitude in the match.

"They performed really well but just could score the try or the penalty that could have won us the game," he said.

"We travel to Vatukoula next week and we would like to win that match to try and go back to second spot on the point table since we have dropped to third with this loss."


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