Namosi upsets Naitasiri at home
9 July, 2017, 12:00 am
VILIAME Maiono was the saviour for the Namosi rugby side as he converted a penalty in sudden-death play against Naitasiri to ensure his side a place in the 2017 Skipper Cup final against Nadroga next week.
The two teams were level 13-all when referee Kaveni Talemaivavalagi penalised Naitasiri for a late tackle inside their half. Maiono was given the opportunity and he calmly slotted in the winner to the jubilation of the thousands of Namosi supporters at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.
Naitasiri had themselves to blame for the loss as they allowed Namosi back into the game after taking an early 10-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of the game.
The Naitasiri forward pack led by captain Ben Sadrugu dominated the scrums pushing the Namosi pack back and winning a couple of penalties during the match.
Naitasiri was awarded a penalty try in the 39th minute when a Namosi player kicked the ball in the Naitasiri scrum as they were pushing forward to the tryline.
The penalty try had increased Naitasiri’s scores to 10-0 after halfback Frank Lomani had opened Naitasiri’s account with a penalty in the 24th minute.
But the Namosi forwards made up for weakness in the scrums with their strong defence and hard straight running when they had possession especially in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Namosi scored their opening points from the boots of Vili Maiono after Naitasiri was penalised for being offside.
Some consistent attacks by the Namosi forwards saw Lovu Kurumudu crashing over for their first try to see them trail Naitasiri 8-10.
Lomani added another three pointer for Naitasiri before replacement Atu Maiono was helped over the tryline by his pack.
The conversion missed and the two teams were level 13-13 at the final whistle.
Three minutes into sudden-death play Namosi fullback Maiono was called to take a penalty and he converted from in front to take Namosi to their first Skipper Cup final.
Namosi will face defending champion Nadroga in the final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka next week.