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Nadro wins

Joe Kunaluvea
Sunday, July 06, 2014

BLK Nadroga earned a bonus point against Jack's Nadi after scoring four tries to one during the Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park yesterday where the hosts won 26-7.

Nadi used possession well and this resulted in their fly half Kavekini Varo dotting down for the opening try in the fifth minute. Venisemani Ratubalavu converted to make it 7-nil to Nadi.

Nadroga cushioned all Nadi had to offer and showed a lot of patience from their forwards led by the front rowers Peni Ravai, Setefano Somoca and Jerry Naureure.

In the 21st minute, Ravai scored Nadroga's first try near the post from a forward drive after the Nadi forwards wilted under pressure. Apisalome Waqatabu was successful with the conversion.

Four minutes later robust flanker Apisai Moimoi crossed the white line for the hosts and again Waqatabu converted it to take Nadroga to 14-7 until the breather.

Nadi also had its moments with Viliame Ratute, Kelepi Ketedromo, Aca Simolo, Laijia Tuitatava, Apenisa Leano and veteran Aseri Buli leading the attack in front but the brick wall defence of Nadroga stood the test.

Manoa Tamaya and Epeli Natukata were, as usual for Nadroga this season, in the thick of things and unsettled the efforts of the Nadi pack.

Nadroga right winger Savenaca Rawaca scored Nadroga's third try, converted by Waqatabu to take Nadroga to 21-7.

National sevens rep Semi Kunatani was quiet on his wing position, fumbled a couple of balls and probably would have been more at home in the flanker position for Nadi.

In the last quarter the Nadroga pack were ruthless as ever in both attack and defence while the opposition hung desperately to try and contain Nadroga.

Apete Daveta scored the bonus try for Nadroga in the 79th minute with unsuccessful conversion attempt to take the final score to 26-7 in favour of the Stallions.

Former Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe who was at Lawaqa Park voted Ravai as the man of the match.

Referee James Bolabiu said both teams were well prepared.

"I complimented both teams for a high standard but Nadroga forwards were consistent in the entire 80 minutes while Nadi slowed down towards the second half," said Bolabiu.

Nadi manager Noa Naivalu said it was a good game.

"Nadroga exposed our weaknesses in the scrum and our defence was not up to the standard required from them but we will sort them out before we take on Macuata in Nadi next week, our target is to reach the semi-finals," said Naivalu.

Nadroga manager Iliavi Kato said thanked the players for scoring a bonus win.

"But despite the win, our players made mistakes like dropped passes and I thank Nadi for a tough encounter which was always the case when the two teams played in yesteryear," said Kato.





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