4 July, 2017, 12:00 am
At home, the Stallions made the Macuata team look uncomfortable with a resounding thrashing 109-3 and creating history in the Skipper Cup. After trailing Naitasiri by one point, the Stallions knew that they needed a bonus point win to topple the Highlanders, who failed to get maximum points against Malolo and that is exactly what they did against Macuata at home.
I felt for the boys from the North but I knew Nadroga meant business although I was surprised with the total points and tries scored by the traditional giants of Fiji rugby. It is going to be a mouth-watering semi-final when the Highlanders host Suva and Nadroga hosts an ever improving Namosi. All the best to the Stallions!
Meanwhile, the British and Irish Lions broke NZ hearts with a close 24-21 win, which surprised many. After being walloped in the first Test match, fans thought the All Blacks would have had the upper hand. However, the red card to SBW in the 25th minute proved the turning point and the All Blacks found it tough playing with 14 men.
Finally, it took four nations to beat the super powers of world rugby. Congratulations to the British and Irish Lions but beware because the No.1 team is going to bounce back and chill Eden Park with scintillating tries. Yes, dear Alan the All Blacks like any other team is beatable. Despite the loss, thank you NZ for holding the fort and playing like true champions!
In boxing Sebastian Singh had the last laugh and taught Farzan Ali valuable lessons that boxing is all about mental and physical fitness and that too much words before the real bout hurts a boxer’s ego and that the true boxer does all his stalking inside the boxing ring.
I feel for the thousands of fans, who were deprived of some good boxing taste. Better luck next time Farzan and congratulations’ “The Sniper”. As I conclude, I congratulate the Manukau soccer team for winning the Vodafone-sponsored 58th Sanatan Convention football tournament after beating local giants Navua in the penalty shootout.