Jerry Tuwai helps New­town win

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The Nas­inu Rugby Union club com­pe­ti­tion has been a suc­cess, says their pres­i­dent Paula Biu dur­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals at Queen El­iz­a­beth Bar­racks ground in Nabua yes­ter­day. The for­mer Fly­ing Fi­jian prop told

SUNs­ports, it was a big achieve­ment for the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee since the Nas­inu Rugby Union com­pe­ti­tion was re­vived this year. The quar­ter­fi­nals saw Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s half­back and Olympic Games gold medal­list Jerry Tuwai help New­town score a com­fort­able 20-7 win over Colo-i-Suva. Biu said Tuwai’s pres­ence was a big boost not only for New­town Rugby Club but also for the NRU com­pe­ti­tion.

“I think it is the first time for him to play any sort of fif­teens rugby af­ter his in­volve­ment with the Fi­jian 7s team.

“It is good for us as some­one like Jerry who has been on that level is able to come down and play for his club.” Favourites Tacirua man­aged to over­come a de­ter­mined Sa­mu­rai Bar­racu­das side 10-9 in the third quar­ter­fi­nal.

Tacirua came into the quar­ters af­ter they topped the table at the end of the three rounds of com­pe­ti­tion. Tacirua head coach Te­vita Tikoisuva said he had warned his play­ers to lift their game in the quar­ter­fi­nal. “We talked about it a lot as we need to lift our stan­dard when we come to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

“I re­minded play­ers that de­spite be­ing at the top of the table, the only thing that counts is to win the quar­ters.”

Tikoisuva added that he is grate­ful to the re­vival of the Nas­inu Rugby Union.

Quar­ter­fi­nal re­sults: Bulavou 13-16 Uluinakau, New­town 20-7 Colo-iSuva, Tacirua 10-9 Sa­mu­rai Bar­racu­das, Matuku Youths 10-5 Caubati

Semi-fi­nal fix­tures (next Satur­day):

Uluinakau v New­town; Tacirua v Matuku Youths.

Photo: Si­mon Abana

Tacirua rugby play­ers af­ter their close 10-9 win yes­ter­day.

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