Fiji Time: 1:02 PM on Friday 27 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Former 7s player helps Maroons win

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 06, 2014

REPLACEMENT inside back Vucago Bainitabua kicked a last gasp penalty to earn Lautoka an 8-7 victory against Tavua during the Skipper Cup at Churchill Park yesterday.

Bainitabua broke hearts of the vocal Tavua fans nailing the 25 metre kick in the dying stages.

Bottom placed Lautoka was under pressure going into the fixture after failing to win any matches at home this season.

The Maroons led 5-0 at the break.

Tavua hit back in the second spell and defended gallantly until the 79th minute when lack of discipline cost them dearly.

Lautoka dominated the final quarter, mounting a lot of pressure deep inside Tavua's territory.

However individual play denied the hosts a chance to cross the opposition's line.

Lautoka assistant coach Viliame Satala breathed a sigh of relief as Bainitabua's kick went over.

Satala said they knew Tavua would battle until the final whistle.

"It is a big relief to win today," the former national rep said. "I told the boys that we had to win this match at any cost and the point's difference was not the matter.

"The boys started to play individually in the last 20 minutes. So we need to work hard with our combinations.

"Rugby is not an individual game especially in the forwards. They need to play as a unit."

With the victory Lautoka moves up to 11th position on the points table while Tavua falls back to 12th.

Satala said they need move up a level with only three more matches remaining.

"We have to step up from here because there are big teams waiting for us," he said.

"We will be travelling to Theodore Park next to play Vatukoula. After that we face Nadroga and Nadi. So it is huge task ahead and we will have to take each game as it comes."

Winger Mosese Tugarere scored the try for Lautoka in the 13th minute.

Waisake Gaugau replied for Tavua in the 49th minute and Tevita Naroyasi converted the try.

In another match at Theodore Park, Vatukoula beat Ovalau 32-18.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62590.6069
JPY 58.270455.2704
GBP 0.31140.3034
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.72230.6893
AUD 0.65460.6296
USD 0.47290.4559



Exchange Rate updated on 27th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Police look into allege gun use
  2. Hazelman on the world stage
  3. No way in
  4. Talks begin on removal of fuel and sunken vessel
  5. Singh cautions Kumar on statements
  6. Company looks at claims
  7. Violent impact
  8. Village head, pastor face rape charge
  9. Models arrive for show
  10. HOTEC exciting, says Naidu

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  5. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  6. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)
  7. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  10. Prof Prasad leaves school premises as 'mark of respect' Monday (23 Nov)