Fiji Sun : 2020-07-26

SPORTS : 28 : 28


FIJI SUN | SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 28 SPORTS Tamata: We Need To Improve Yasawa learn from loss as they now prepare to take on Suva Comments: First five-eighth Kavekini Varo was on target with the conversion, 7-0. The hosts were reduced to 14-man in the 25th minute after referee Aisake Drekeni flashed a red card to Yasawa centre Josefa Veitaukula for a late tackle on Toga. In the 27th minute Varo over a penalty. Yasawa 0-10 Nadi In the 50th minute Yasawa winger Inia Rokomatu scored their lone try with centre Eliki Naikusa adding the extras as they trailed 10-7. Nadi flanker Vilive Miramira increased their tally in the 60th minute with his try and Varo managed to convert to leave the final scores at 17-7. Nadi Rugby Union treasurer Jeff Tamata said: “We were fortunate to come out with a win against this spirited Yasawa team. “They really gave us a good game. We will rectify our mistakes before we play Naitasiri.” Yasawa Rugby Union secretary Kinijoji Rakata said: “This is our first time in the Skipper Cup and you have seen what happened here. “We will improve our game against Suva. “The weakness will be rectified by the coaches during the coming days. Making mistakes is part and parcel of the game.” . WAISEA NASOKIA LAUTOKA T kicked he Ilai Derenalagi coachedNad­i rugby team stood the test as they beat the Yasawa Marlins side 17-7 in the Skipper Cup Premiershi­p clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday. Playing in the competitio­n for the first time, Yasawa failed to handle the pressure resulting in one of their players being sent off. Handling errors and failure to connect with their passes were the order of the day. Nadi scored the first try in the 15th minute when centre Sela Toga picked up a loose ball and dived over to score. Halftime: What happened: Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Star turn: Feedback: Toga and Sireli Tuidraki showed their class as they controlled play and did not allow Yasawa to settle down. Defending champs wallop Namosi KARALAINI WAQANIDROL­A Salasalaiv­una’s boots not only added points with her conversati­ons they also worked as an advantage under stressful situations. NAVUA D efending Skipper Cup women’s champions Tailevu opened their campaign with a 24-7 win over Namosi at Thomson Park, Navua yesterday. Halftime: Tailevu 21-0 Namosi. Fijiana players in the green and gold included Vanisi Neinima, Seini Raoma, Neomi Nai and Ema Adivitalog­a. Namosi fullback Mereisana Bolatawa can be knocking on Fijiana selectors’ door after a superb performanc­e. Salasalaiv­una slotted a penalty to put the game out of reach. What happened: The gloomy typical Navua weather failed to stop Tailevu as they displayed excellent ball handling skills. Tailevu opened their scoring with a try to hooker Tokasa Raikoso. Winger Seini Nasova followed it up with two tries as the Namosi women found it hard to contain her. Tailevu first five eighth Ateca Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a. Feedback: karalaini.waqamidrol­a@

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