August 13, 2022
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Nadroga retains Farebrother trophy

Nadroga will keep the INKK Farebrother Challenge trophy for the rest of the year after beating newly promoted Yasawa 17-0 in the last challenge at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today.

Yasawa began with all the eagerness in the first 20 minutes, forcing Nadroga into their defensive sets early.

The hosts held their composure and soon after forced the Marlins to make errors.

The Stallions notched first points in the 22nd minute, finding an overlap on the edge and with a quick break and offload from openside flanker Joji Kunavula, outside centre Eseroma Rikou was able to crash over with pivot Jack Volavola converting.

The Nadroga pack worked hard again and sent blindside flanker Jiuta Biau over for their second try with Volavola unable to convert as 37 minutes elapsed.

The Iliesa Tanivula coached Yasawa tried hard to score before the halftime whistle but could not deliver.

The Stallions came in with fresh air and legs in the second half and with their signature open play, they set up debutant winger and substitute Semiti Kasau over in the corner for their third try in the 47th minute.

Yasawa could not find their form, as set pieces failed to connect, as well as ball carriers being dislodged due to the hard defence of the trophy holders.

The islanders chances went from bad to worse soon being reduced to 14 men with reserve looseman Jone Tanoa being sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes as six minutes remained.

Nadroga clung on to win and keep its good performance intact.

The teams:

Yasawa- Josua Saukawa, Maleli Tora, Viliame Tiritiri, Anare Varo, Rusiate Waqa, Epeli Vukivuki, Apenisa Tuiba, Kaveni Tamani, Vilimoni Morawa, Kavekini Varo, Sainivalati, Qoro, Taufa Navuwai, Moape Qiolevu Savenaca Uluibau, Maikeli Rokodinono.

Substitutions- Joseva Laweloa, Sikeli Qauqau, Pita Nasowaqa, Manasa Vatanitawake, Jone Tanoa, Samuela Buli, Maleli Ramoka, Inia Rokomatu.

Nadroga- Aisake Atani, Ratu Naisa Navuma, Jone Koroduadua, Timoci Sauvoli, Jasa Veremalua, Jiuta Biau, Joji Kunavula, Naiqama Salakibulu, Serupepeli Cokanasiga, Jack Volavola, Apimeleki Nabore, Michael Naikotani, Eseroma Rikou, Aisea Sigaitu, Eroni Bakabaka.

Substitutions- Amasa Tabakau, Kilioni Sisiwa, Aporosa Matakasa, Eremasi Radrodro, Sakiusa Vosayaco, Aminiasi Radrodro, Peni Kedralevu, Semiti Kaisau.

By Noa Biudole


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