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8-try victory

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 13, 2014

NADI scored a bonus point victory hammering Macuata 50-16 in their Skipper Cup clash at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

After a close first spell, Nadi stepped up a gear in the second spell scoring four tries in 14 minutes.

It was a far contrast from the first half performance where the Nadi defenders failed to contain the Macuata backline with fullback Penaia Vakaruru scoring two brilliant tries.

Nadi led 17-13 at the break.

Nadi coach Iliesa Tanivula said the first half was disappointing.

Tanivula said there was no urgency.

"This is what we talked about at halftime," he said.

"The boys regrouped and came back strongly. They managed to pile the points. But in the first half, the defence was not tight. We allowed them to score two good tries."

Kelepi Ketedromo opened Nadi's account in the fourth minute crossing the line after a dummy pass.

Macuata hit back in the seventh minute exposing Nadi's sluggish defence out wide with Vakaruru dotting down.

Seven minutes later Nadi scored through Inia Naqia following a scrum inside the Macuata 22metre territory.

Nadi's advantage was short-lived as Vakaruru scored his second in similar fashion to his first moments later.

The scores were locked 10-all as none of the tries were converted.

Freddie Hicks put Nadi back in front in the 23rd minute following a long cut out pass.

Macuata fullback Ratu Meli Vula landed a 50-minute penalty to make it a four point ball game at the break.

Ratu Meli kicked his second penalty early in the second spell to edge the visitors to within a point.

However the hosts hit back immediately taking control of the match. It was all Nadi as they shredded the Northerners defence with their power and pace. Sunia Vesikata scored the fourth try in the 50th minute, Aseri Buli scored the fifth in the 53rd minute, Naqia got his double in the 60th minute and Keni Varo scored the seventh in the 64th minute.

Jiuta Takubu rounded off Nadi's scoring with the eighth try in injury time. Fullback Veisemani Ratubalavu kicked five conversions.

Macuata coach Sireli Vesikuru said they did not expect to concede 50 points.

"I think the boys lost concentration in the second half and they failed to hold their defence," he said.

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