Fiji Sun : 2020-07-26

SPORTS : 29 : 29


FIJI SUN | SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ 29 SPORTS Ronald Kumar. What Kept Us Going, Nasiga Tells SIMIONE HARAVANUA was not converted by Enele Tikotani. Both teams gave away penalties and at times displayed poor handling skills. Nadroga narrowed the scoreline to 5-3 from a Apisalome Waqatabu penalty. The Nadroga forwards dominated the scrums and as a result halfback Joseva Kurucuva dived over to score a try with the conversion going wide. Nadroga 8-5 Suva levelled the scores in hard clean game of rugby,” he said. “We were reminded to play like a true Nadroga warrior when we entered the field. “The players trusted each other from the forwards to the backs and with the support of the province anything was possible.” Both teams started strongly. The visitors began dominating the game but the Nadroga defence stood strong. Suva first five-eighth Jone Manu scored the first try in the 10th minute from a good forward play and Flying Fijians lock forward said. “We made a lot of mistakes that nearly caused us the game. We just didn’t click. “Our line-out was not perfect and that is one area we will have to work on. “Now the Suva game is over and we are eyeing another sweet win over Namosi but we’ve to do the hardwork first.” Nasiga said their players trusted each other and that what kept them going right to the end. “Suva is a great team, thanks for a 55th minute from a Setareki Raoba penalty. Against the run of play Manu scored his second try after being set-up by John Stewart. Raoba and Meli Kurisaru missed kickable penalties which could have given Suva the win. The Stallions powered on with their big forwards and got a penalty try for the 15-13 win. SIGATOKA D espite escaping with a narrow 15-13 win defending Farebrothe­r-Sullivan Trophy holders Nadroga have put everything behind them and are focused on the next challenge. Speaking to yesterday captain Rupeni Nasiga said they are now focused on Namosi. “We know they (Namosi) are as tough as the Suva side and they are a very strategic team,” the former What happened: SUNsports Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Halftime; Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun. Suva the Winning start for Highlander­s SEREANA SALALO Samusamuvo­dre adding the extras. Lautoka hooker scored Ilaisa Leca scored their lone try in the dying moments of the game. Naitasiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr said: “Having nine debutants is a big thing for us in the first game. “This included Tuidraki Chris Mininbi. “There is a lot of areas we need to improve on. “We have yet to see the team click and work it from there. It’s like a stepping stone for us. “Discipline is one issue we have to work on.” Lautoka manager Joeli Sauqaqa said: “It was a good game for us. It’s after eight years then we are back in the Skipper Cup. We have to work on our lineouts and scrums before facing Tailevu next week.” NAUSORI T he Naitasiri rugby side opened their Skipper Cup Premiershi­p campaign with a 29-11 win over Lautoka at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Lautoka came out firing at the start but failed to score any points. Veteran first five eighth Waisea Luveniyali kicked over two penalties. Naitasiri flanker Necani Nawaqa scored their first try in the 13th minute with the conversion by Tuidraki Samusamuvo­dre. Flanker Sireli Kaloucava scored Naitasiri’s second try and another successful penalty by Samusamuvo­dre. Naitasiri Comments: What happened: and Halftime: 15-6 Lautoka. Kini Douglas extended their lead with a try in the 47th minute Ronald Kumar. Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

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