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Knights rule Nadroga rugby league zone

Maciu Malo
Sunday, August 10, 2014

RAIWAQA Knights thumped Coastal Titans 28-16 to win the FNRL Nadroga zone premier final at the Kalevu ground yesterday.

The side has dedicated the win to their fallen teammate Sakenasa Nahove who died during one of their games early this year.

Hard running Inia Batinisavu scored two tries for his team with the other tries scored by Jup Nawaqa, Asesela Sinitiri and Tevita Tuiova.

The Titans after trailing 2-22 in the first spell came out strongly in the second spell to score three tries unfortunately time was not on their side.

Knights led by the evergreen Samu Kunanitu played their hearts out in the final to deny the Titans a win.

Head coach Paula Kunavue said the win was their perfect tribute to Nahove.

"I thank the players for their effort and we dedicate this special win to Nahove and his family," he said.

"The boys survived a tough and physical battle to win the title for our late teammate.

"The boys started the game on a high but a lapse of concentration in the second spell allowed the Titans to cross our tryline."

Kunavue said the side had set its focus on winning the national quarter-final.

He said the players had been urged of the huge task at hand.

"We are taking each game as they come and we are aiming to represent Nadroga in the Top 8 competition next season," said Kunavue.

"The boys know what is expected of them and we need to lift our performance in the elimination."

Meanwhile, in the other game played yesterday, Baravi Eels thumped Korolevu Ruggers 34-6 to secure the third spot

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