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Namosi wins again

Pravin Narain
Sunday, August 13, 2017

NAMOSI retained the 2017 HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge trophy after defeating Rewa 41-29 Thomson Park in Navua yesterday.

This was the last challenge match for this year.

Namosi coach Josateki Savou was a player when Namosi last won the title in 2002 and after 15 years, he guided the side to another win.

"I was playing for Namosi in 2002 when we last won beating Ovalau in Levuka. It is a special one for me as a coach to guide them back to the win and I am happy with the result. The win is for all the people of Namosi."

Namosi bulldozed their way to the tryline against Rewa in the first half with tries to inside centre Nemani Talemaitoga, Atunaisa Maiono, wing Asesela Ratudamu, Mosese Voka and scrum half Peni Delai.

Rewa was struggling, however made the most of the ball possession they were given to create every opportunity they could to cross the Namosi tryline.

Their backline worked overtime to create those chances.

Rewa winger Paula Naqarani scored the try towards the end of the first half and the side was also given a penalty try because of a deliberate knock-on by a Namosi player.

Namosi led 29-15 at half-time.

Namosi extended their lead in the second half through Alivereti Rabukawaqa and Viliame Rogose while Rewa's two tries came from Netava Koroisau and Josua Laulauvaki.

"The boys executed the game plan and we proved that in the first 40 minutes and we also analysed their weaknesses and worked on that in the second half.

"Our plan was to run straight into the Rewans and we noticed they had a fast pattern of defence so we changed the game plan in the second half and played the forwards to retain ball possessions," Savou said.

Rewa coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata said he was happy with the performance of his players.

"I am thankful to the boys for what they have done since it was a very long season for us. We came into the match confident of creating an upset, but without retaining the ball possession, we cannot do anything," he said.

"We defended almost three-quarter of the match. With all the possession we got in the match we managed to turn into points."

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