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Draunibaka boots Rewa to win

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, August 23, 2014

STRIKER Misaele Draunibaka scored the winner for Rewa against his former district Labasa in the opening Super Premier match during the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.

Draunibaka the son of the late Simon "Maradona" Peters scored the lone goal in the 40th minute, to earn the Delta Tigers three points in the competition.

Replacement Ratu Waranaivalu could have doubled the advantage late in the second half however with only goalkeeper Epeli Loaniceva to beat, he hit the side netting.

The result left Babasiga Lions coach Bal Sanju Reddy disappointed.

Reddy said they were too casual in their approach.

"I guess it was the over eagerness of the players and the casual approach that cost us the game. The heat also took its toll on the boys."

Labasa play Nadi today and a loss in that fixture could push the Northerners out of the tournament.

Reddy said they had to win at any cost.

"The next match becomes very important now," he said.

"A draw or a loss means that we are basically out. We need to go back to the drawing board and come out firing against Nadi."

Rewa was without their coach Marika Rodu who had work commitments.

Their president Nazeel Buksh said Draunibaka stood out up front.

He said they were ready to take on Ba next.

"Marika gave all the instructions on how the team needs to be set up and the players did pretty well," Buksh said.

"It is quite simple right now. We have played Ba a few weeks back. We know their strategies and weaknesses.

"But the stakes are higher right now. Ba is playing on their home ground and holds the advantage. I guess our players are mentally prepared."





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