In­dis­ci­pline Let­down

Al­though we won we played with 13 play­ers for 57 min­utes and 12 men three min­utes be­fore full­time. We must do some­thing and fix our in­dis­ci­pline - Tui Sal­adoka

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Namosi will play Nadroga in a dou­ble- header this Satur­day af­ter beat­ing Tailevu 19-6 in their Skip­per Cup Pre­mier­ship match at Thom­son Park, Navua yes­ter­day. And Namosi needs to pull up their socks in the next few days if they want to win the Skip­per Cup and Fare­brother–Sul­li­van Tro­phy at Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka.

This was af­ter the team copped a record three red cards.

They had to play 13-men af­ter two red cards were slapped on them 20 min­utes into the match and then down to 12 play­ers 3 min­utes from the fi­nal whis­tle.

Paula Nay­a­cakeli and Sak­iusa Ga­vidi were the first to be sent to the bench in a match punc­tu­ated with tem­per and de­lib­er­ate bad play.

Three min­utes be­fore full­time Jone Naqisi was the third player to be red carded for a late tackle leav­ing 12 men on the pad­dock for Namosi.

Namosi Rugby Union pres­i­dent Tui Sal­adoka said the side need to pull up on their dis­ci­pline be­cause fac­ing Nadroga would be a mam­moth task. ”For us to match up against them we must im­prove our dis­ci­pline,” Sal­adoka said.

”Al­though we won we played with 13 play­ers for 57 min­utes and 12 men three 3min­utes be­fore full­time.

“We must do some­thing about our dis­ci­pline.

“We need to lift our prepa­ra­tion in the com­ing week but first we will ad­dress dis­ci­pline.”

Tailevu kicked over two penal­ties from Ilimeleki Leiloma to lead 6-0. Leiloma had to abort the match af­ter he was red-carded along with the Namosi duo Nay­a­cakeli and Ga­vidi. Five min­utes into the game Namosi half­back Peni Matawalu crossed over for a try to trail 6-5 at half­time. Matawalu is the younger brother of na­tional rep Nikola.

Like a well-oiled ma­chine, winger Vinia Halaisi ran amok burst­ing the Tailevu back­line to score twice. Both his tries were con­verted for the 19-6 score­line.

Tailevu coach Solo Nute said un­nec­es­sary mis­takes proved costly for them.

“We’ve a new team but we need to learn from our mis­takes and im­prove in our next game,”Nute said. Tailevu meet Lau­toka at Churchill Park in round two this Satur­day

Nadroga flanker Jone Na­vori claims a li­ne­out against Suva dur­ing the dou­ble header clash Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka on July 25,2020. The Stal­lions take on Namosi this Satur­day. Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

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