Nadolo scores, sets up an­other

The giant Fi­jian winger also helped set up an­other

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Naisa Koroi

Fly­ing Fi­jian winger Ne­mani Nadolo con­tin­ues to make waves when he runs onto the rugby field. Against the Sharks yes­ter­day, the speedy Fi­jian helped the Cru­saders end their South African ri­vals’ win­ning streak, 19-14. The re­sults mean that there are no teams in the Su­per fran­chise that are un­beaten.

Burly Fi­jian winger Ne­mani Nadolo scored a try and set up an­other as Cru­saders scored a 19-14 win over Sharks in Dur­ban early yes­ter­day morn­ing. The win means there is no un­beaten team in Su­per Rugby.

The South African side suf­fered their first loss, starved of pos­ses­sion by a dom­i­nant Cru­saders for­ward pack who con­trolled the scrums and snatched a swag of li­ne­out pos­ses­sion.

How­ever, the visi­tors failed to trans­late their dom­i­nance into points, even­tu­ally need­ing skip­per Kieran Read’s try in the 72nd minute to see off the stub­born hosts, whose two tries were long-range, op­por­tunis­tic scores to winger Lwazi Mvovo. The Sharks record drops to three wins, one draw and a loss while the Cru­saders have now won three in a row af­ter drop­ping their open­ing match against the Chiefs. It also means New Zealand teams are un­beaten in their last 11 games against off­shore op­po­nents in the ex­panded com­pe­ti­tion. The Cru­saders cause wasn’t helped by sloppy goal­kick­ing dis­play from first fiveeighth Richie Mo’unga, who missed four of five shots, in­clud­ing three handy penalty chances. His one suc­cess was the con­ver­sion of a 25th-minute try to full­back David Hav­ili, who cap­i­talised on a slick off­load from winger Nadolo.

Mvovo lev­elled the scores 7-7 just be­fore half­time when he in­ter­cepted Mo’unga’s pass and raced 60m. The speedy winger was at it again just af­ter the break, pounc­ing on a loose ball 40m out and out­pac­ing the cover de­fence. The Cru­saders’ hopes ap­peared to nose­dive when Hav­ili was shown a yel­low card for a rel­a­tively in­nocu­ous push off the ball. How­ever, they re­sponded with a try to Na- dolo and nearly had an­other to wing Johnny McNi­choll from long range but cen­tre Kieron Fono­tia put his foot on the touch­line. It took a short pass from El­lis to put Read across, crack­ing a Sharks de­fence which hadn’t con­ceded a sec­ond-half try in any game this sea­son. The Cru­saders’ tour con­tin­ues with games against the Lions and Force. Source: AAP

PIC­TURED: Ne­mani Nadolo of the Cru­saders proved a hand­ful for the South African team. He scored a try and helped set up an­other.

Cru­saders full­back David Hav­ili scores.

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