Nadi score bonus point win

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The Usaia Koroivu­ni­lagi coached-Jack’s Nadi side recorded their sec­ond bonus point win at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yes­ter­day. The Jet­set­ters fielded their sec­ond string team as they trounced Tavua 33-24 in the Skip­per Cup clash.

What hap­pened: Tavua shocked the hosts with a try in the third minute. Semi Ralulu charged down Isoa Don­ald­son’s clear­ing kick and al­lowed winger Semi Bale to score a try which was con­verted by first five eight Te­vita Naroy­asi. Seven min­utes later Nadi prop Robert De­lai replied with a try from a tap and run move with Kavekini Varo’s con­ver­sion lev­el­ing the scores at 7-7. In the 13th minute Don­ald­son made amends of his ear­lier blun­der when he scored their sec­ond try as they led 12-7. Then Tavua grabbed a 14-12 lead in the 22nd minute from a for­ward rush that saw flanker Gabrieli Ratu crash­ing over to score with Naroy­asi con­vert­ing. But then it was all Nadi with Varo con­vert­ing a penalty to re­gain the lead 15-14 and just be­fore half­time Nadi hooker Vil­iame Tui scored an­other try while Varo kicked over a penalty

Half-time: Nadi 23–14 Tavua.

Naroy­asi tried to pull Tavua back into the game with a penalty (2317). But Don­ald­son ex­tended Nadi’s lead to 26-17 be­fore he was yel­low carded in the 49thminute. Naroy­asi again replied with a try and man­aged to con­vert it to nar­row the deficit to 26-24. But in the 77th minute in­side back Jonacani Ere­na­vanua came off the bench to score un­der the post and was con­verted

by Aseri Va­tu­inaruku.

Star turn: Nadi prop De­lai was al­ways in the thick of things. Com­ments Nadi team man­ager Jeff Ta­mata praised the ef­forts of his new play­ers. “It was a tough bat­tle but the good thing is that we got the bonus point. The new play­ers from the ex­tended team did stand out but there are a few things that need to be fixed.” Tavua coach Akariva Tabutaci

said: “The play­ers played their guts out. It was close but the ref­eree’s call had ru­ined our chances. We came pre­pared but we’ve learned our lessons and will surely hit back.”

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni

Jack’s Nadi against Tavua at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yes­ter­day.

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