Late scare, Stal­lions sur­vive

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Vis­i­tors Lau­toka gave de­fend­ing Skip­per Cup cham­pi­ons BLK Nadroga a tough time be­fore bow­ing out 40-31 at Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka yes­ter­day. What hap­pened: Nadroga dom­i­nated in the first half and never al­lowed the Ma­roons to set­tle down. Winger Aporosa Tab­u­lawaki scored their first try in the 10th minute as they led 5-0. Lau­toka tried hard to hit back but were not able to do so as Nadroga in­creased their lead through a try to prop Peni­jamini Makutu and con­verted by first five eight Ne­cani Uluiv­uda. Poor ball han­dling by Lau­toka proved costly as it al­lowed Nadroga full­back Isaia Nataba to score a try, which Uluiv­uda con­verted for a 19-0 lead. Nadroga piled on the pres­sure and their No.8 Ere­masi Radro­dro ran in an­other try with the con­ver­sion suc­cess­ful. This was fol­lowed by a Joeli Lu­tu­mailagi classic try as they led 33-0 at half time. With strong words spo­ken dur­ing the break saw a fired up Lau­toka take the field. They hit back through a try to lock Ti­moci Vuadreu with Sisa Saukawa’s con­ver­sion go­ing over. Lau­toka hooker Atu­naisa Uluimoala scored soon af­ter that with Saukawa con­vert­ing it to nar­row the deficit 33-14. The Stal­lions had a try dis­al­lowed af­ter there was a high tackle dur­ing the run of play but Lau­toka kept up the tempo as Pe­ni­asi Lasaqa kicked over a penalty. The Stal­lions replied with a Aporosa Tubuiawaki try as Uluiv­uda added the ex­tra points to make it 40-17. The match be­came scrappy and Vuadreu scored two more tires, which were con­verted to leave the fi­nal score at 40-31. Com­ments

says, de­spite the win he was not happy with their per­for­mance es­pe­cially in the se­cond half. “We scored on try in the se­cond half and I think we were a bit lazy on that. But for now we are go­ing to fo­cus on our game against Malolo next week.”

praised his play­ers for putting on a great game. “We did well look­ing at how we came up, that just shows the kind of char­ac­ter we have now. “We now have ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the team and we will just go back and re­group and pre­pare for next week.” Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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