Res­i­dents win Test se­ries

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The Fi­jian Res­i­dents were on cloud nine af­ter win­ning their last Test clash against the Bri­tish Am­a­teur Rugby League side 19-12 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yes­ter­day. The Joe Dakuitoga coached-side have now won the 3- Test match se­ries.

Res­i­dents cen­tre Jovil­isi Naqitawa started their cam­paign on a high note when he scored the first try in the 14th minute with the con­ver­sion missing. BARL dubbed the English Lions came out fir­ing in the 21st minute with a try to Cal­lum Wind­ley and suc­cess­fully con­verted by Carl Pur­ket­ing as they held a slen­der 6-4 lead.

But this did not de­ter the Fi­jians as they fought on with im­pres­sive Pio Seci go­ing over for their sec­ond try af­ter an in­di­vid­ual solo ef­fort in the 27th minute. Naqitawa then scored his sec­ond try min­utes be­fore half time to ex­tend their lead, 12-6.

Half­time: Res­i­dents 12-6 Lions The Fi­jians did not give the English side a sec­ond chance as they fought their way through in the sec­ond half. Then Seci struck again with an­other try in the 48th minute and was suc­cess­fully con­verted by Roger Qoro as they led 18-6. How­ever, Kleran Glenn of Eng­land was able to break through the tough Fi­jian de­fence to score with Carl Pur­ket­ing con­vert­ing it. With only a few min­utes left till the fi­nal whis­tle, Res­i­dents five-eighth Anisito Ko­mai kicked a drop goal to leave the fi­nal scores at 19-12. “We thank the Lord Almighty for the play­ers who played in the last three games, the game to­day was tough. The boys have pulled to­gether and gave ev­ery­thing in the last minute. Hats off to the boys, for the won­der­ful per­for­mance,” Res­i­dents cap­tain Seva Koroi said. Lions cap­tain Shawn Gar­rod said the Res­i­dents were com­pet­i­tive. “Fiji is a very strong side and they have be­come very skil­ful, so they de­serve the vic­tory and con­grat­u­la­tions to them. We have been well-looked af­ter and peo­ple have been very kind to us.” LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

JK Builders Nadi Vet­er­ans and Canada have booked their spots into the RC Manub­hai/ APCO Coat­ings Vet­er­ans semi-fi­nals af­ter win­ning their quar­ter­fi­nals matches re­spec­tively.

In the first quar­ter­fi­nal Nadi cap­tained by Poni­pate Naulu beat New Zealand Tavua 3-1. The goal scor­ers were Ti­moci Matan­itu, Wati­soni Voli and Vu­ni­ani Nabavaro. Nadi led 2-0 at the break. In the sec­ond quar­ter­fi­nal, Lau­toka went down 2-0 to Canada. The Cana­di­ans were ably led by for­mer star mid­fielder Ronald Chaud­hary. Re­sults: Nadi Mas­ter 2 – 1 NZ Le­vuka, Nadi 2 – 1 Navua, Nadroga 0 – 3 Syd­ney Ba, USA 0 – 0 Raki­raki. WAISEA NASOKIA

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