Suva trounce hap­less Tailevu

Fiji Sun - - Sport - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: jus­­nan@fi­

Suva thrashed Tailevu 43-18 in the third round of the Skip­per Cup com­pe­ti­tion at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva yes­ter­day.

What hap­pened: Suva got off to a shaky start as they found them­selves de­fend­ing in the early min­utes against Tailevu’s bar­rage of at­tacks. That quickly changed when they finally got hold of the ball as Jere­maia Toka­malua scored the first try, 5-0. Tailevu’s de­fence let them down as Suva kept pres­sur­ing their small for­wards with an­other try from Ru­si­ate Tadu­lala to fur­ther their lead, 10-0. Ba­sic mis­takes was preva­lent amongst Tailevu play­ers as Suva took ad­van­tage with Mos­ese Tiko­d­uadua get­ting nine points from his boots, 19-0. Tailevu showed a glimpse of prom­ise as Nemia Cavu­lati scored their first try and a suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion from Eparama Seniku­raciri gave them a fight­ing chance, 19-7. Suva, how­ever, got one try back just be­fore half time through Ru­peni Waqanisau, 24-7. Half time: Suva 24-7 Tailevu

Tailevu man­aged to set­tle down in the sec­ond spell as they ap­plied pres­sure on Suva forc­ing them to make er­rors giv­ing Seniku­raciri to bag six points from penalty kicks, 24-13 to close the gap. Suva’s Jioji Rig­amoto wasted no time in scor­ing 20 min­utes into the sec­ond half, 29-13. Tadu­lala scored his sec­ond try five min­utes with a per­fect con­ver­sion from Rig­amoto to ex­tend their lead, 36-13. Suva fell back as han­dling er­rors

were preva­lent al­low­ing Tailevu’s Epeli Misi­am­ete to score a try, 36-18. Suva were too strong in the end as winger Taniela Naqali scored the last try with Rig­amoto adding the two points, 43-18.

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Suva coach Akuila Nasi said there is still room for im­prove­ment. “Judg­ing from this game, it is clear that we still need some im­prove­ments even though we have im­proved from our last game. Our de­fence is what let us down at times which al­lowed Tailevu to score and in a game like this we can­not af­ford to let that hap­pen.”

Tailevu coach Inoke Male said: “I’m happy with the boy’s per­for­mance but there were some de­ci­sions by the ref­eree that we were not happy about. “This is our de­vel­op­ment team and they re­ally did well against a top team like Suva.”

Photo: Jus­tine Man­nan

Suva’s Ru­peni Waqanisau scores the third try for Suva against Tailevu at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva yes­ter­day.

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