Fiji Sun : 2020-07-26

SPORTS : 27 : 27


FIJI SUN | SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ I 27 SPORTS It’s teamwork, says victorious captain Rowati works on next game against giant killers Yasawa SIMIONE HARAVANUA Saturday. “Yasawa is a good team so we will be working on how to tackle them. “Some of our set pieces were not perfect and we will work on that during training. “The HPU girls really led from the front and that paved the way for us. The girls need more game time together.” The Suva Women’s side are determined to top this year’s competitio­n after their painful semi-final exit last year SIGATOKA T he Suva Women’s rugby team proved too strong for last year’s runners-up Nadroga with a 27-10 win at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. Speaking to coach. Tavaita Rowati, said the match was to expose her new players. “We don’t know much about the Nadroga side but we were determined to win,” she said. “Our reps needed exposure so they got that today and it’s good to see these young girls play to the Lawaqa crowd.” Rowati said they had a slow start because the girls had to adapt to how the hosts were playing. “The girls followed the game plan well so that showed that we are contesting well.” Rowati added they have to sharpen up on their defence against Yasawa next WAISEA NASOKIA kicking over the conversion for a 7-0 lead. In the final minute of the first half, Nadi prop Aseri ‘The Bus’ Galo crashed her way over the tryline with the conversion missing. Yasawa extended their lead to 17-10 in the 67th minute with a try to winger Laisani Likuceva. Nadi replied immediatel­y with a penalty try But it was Likuceva who scored the last try in the 80th minute for the 22-17 win. Yasawa captain Ema Muaira said she did not expect such a result. “The girls played well. It was teamwork that enabled this win. This will also set the pace for us as we move into the competitio­n.” LAUTOKA T he Ema Muaira captainedY­asawa Marlins women’s rugby side scored an upset 22-17 win over Nadi in their Skipper Cup Women’s debut clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday. SUNsports, Halftime: Yasawa 7-5 Nadi In the 45th minute Yasawa’s Senimelia Waqa came off the bench to score in the corner to extend their lead to 12-5. In the 52nd minute Yasawa’s No.8 Akosita Lete was red carded by referee Apisai Sigalau for a dangerous tackle. In the 56th minute Nadi narrowed the deficit to 12-10 from a Fiona Theresa try. Comment: Women’s results Naitasiri 29-5 Lautoka, Suva 27-10 Nadroga, Yasawa 22-17 Nadi. Tailevu 24-7 Namosi What happened: It was a tough and physical encounter. Both teams failed to connect with their passes and displayed poor handling skills. The hosts took the lead in the 26th minute with a try to Salote V with Fijiana 7s rep Ane Mei Next round Nadroga v Namosi, Suva v Yasawa,Naitasiri v Nadi, Lautoka v Tailevu. Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Feedback: Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

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