Delta Tigers strike back at Battle of the Gi­ants

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De­fend­ing INKK Mo­bile Battle of the Gi­ant cham­pi­ons Rewa were the first team in Group A to qual­ify for the semi­fi­nals. This was af­ter the Marika Ro­ducoached side thrashed Jadu­ram In­vest­ment Lim­ited spon­sored Dreketi team 8-1 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nau­sori yes­ter­day. Af­ter a slow start, coach Rodu is pleased with how his side per­formed. “The boys stepped up to­day and it was im­por­tant that we cre­ated chances and also utilised them,” Rodu said. “A draw in the first game and a loss didn’t dampen our spir­its, we recog­nised the fact that we just need to win to­day and score more goals. I think the boys re­alised that and stepped up and made their pres­ence known.” Dreketi coach Jo­han Lee­wai is proud of his team’s per­for­mance de­spite bow­ing out in the pool rounds.

“In the end, fa­tigue took its toll on us and you could see the boys were really tired but at the same time I can­not blame them,” Lee­wai said. “It was just ex­haust­ing for them and we are go­ing to go back and work on their fit­ness be­cause that is the only thing that is lack­ing in this team. “I’m so proud of them and the peo­ple of Dreketi are proud of them and even the sup­port­ers in Suva are proud, the boys are hold­ing their heads up high.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what score line we got the boys have done Dreketi proud. “I thought we would strug­gle in this com­pe­ti­tion but what we have achieved so far is a his­tory for Dreketi.”

What Hap­pened: Rewa had the first real op­por­tu­nity to score but Iosefo Verevou kicked the ball into the keeper’s hands. In the 26th minute, Rewa’s Save­naca Nakalevu put them into the lead scor­ing an easy goal with no Dreketi de­fend­ers in the goal mouth, 1-0.

Dreketi strug­gled to keep possession but the Rewa de­fence was spot on. In the 39th minute, Nakalevu scored his sec­ond goal from a cor­ner taken by Te­vita Waranaivalu to ex­tend Rewa’s lead, 2-0. Nu­mer­ous shots at goal by Rewa but none found the back of the net end­ing the first half.

Half time: Rewa 2-0 Dreketi:

Dreketi started the sec­ond spell with a beau­ti­ful goal from Peni Sokia catch­ing Rewa goalie off guard clos­ing the gap, 2-1. Two min­utes later, Rewa’s Joseph Mishra replied with a goal from in­side the box to ex­tend their lead, 3-1. In the 56th minute, Nakalevu scored his hat trick as Dreketi strug­gled to keep up with the on­slaught. Rewa con­tin­ued to score goals with the fifth and sixth com­ing from Epeli Saukuru one minute apart, 6-1. Dreketi’s mo­men­tum di­min­ished af­ter Simione Maikali scored the sev­enth goal be­fore Saukuru scored his hat trick in the 87th minute to end the game 8-1.

Big Play: Rewa took time to set­tle down in the first half but their de­fence so­lid­i­fied.

Star Turn: Hat tricks by Nakalevu and Saukuru did the dam­age as it de­stroyed Dreketi’s hopes for a semi­fi­nal berth.

The boys stepped up to­day and it was im­por­tant that we cre­ated chances and also utilised them

Marika Rodu

Coach Rewa’s Save­naca Nakalevu put them into the lead scor­ing an easy goal with no Dreketi de­fend­ers in the goal mouth, 1-0

Rewa striker Savenca Nakalevu scores one of his three goals agsinst Dreketi at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nau­sori yes­ter­day. Rewa won 8-1. Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

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