Northland holds Nadi at home
22 May, 2016, 12:00 am
A last minute converted try from Nadi against Northland at Gatward Park, Korovou, yesterday gave a sigh of relief to the Jetsetters as they settled for a 16-16 draw in the fourth round of the Skipper Cup competition.
Northland led Jack’s Nadi all the way through the match as they built a brickwall defence preventing the Jetsetters from crossing the tryline.
At half-time, two penalties to the Tailevu North team and one penalty to the men from the tourist town saw Northland lead 6-3.
Coming in rejuvenated in the second spell, Northland scored a try to further their lead 13-3 before Nadi slowly returned to the contest with two penalties. Northland went for another three points via the boots of Ilimeleki Leiloma to lead 16-9.
But the last minute try in the corner from Nadi’s Ceva Lutu pushed Nadi to level scores.
Northland had many opportunities to score tries, but wrong options by some players were a major drawback where they held onto possession forgetting that it was a team sport to offload to their teammates in support play.
However, coach Timoci Tinaviti was grateful to his brigade for sticking to the game plan giving Nadi what they considered as their toughest match so far in the provincial competition.
“Discipline and possession was all I reminded the boys. They played good, clean rugby today and we hope that this result will get in more supporters to come and watch their Northland team next weekend,” Tinaviti said.
Nadi team manager Jeff Tamata said described the game as a “tough encounter”.
“It has turned out to be one of the toughest matches that we had so far. Congrats to Northland, they had a game plan and stuck to it. If it wasn’t for the last minute try, they would have gotten away with the win,” Tamata said.