Residents win Test series
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