August 16, 2021
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Ratave stars in Bay of Plenty win

Flying Fijians squad member Onisi Ratave starred on his debut for the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship (NPC) yesterday, scoring a try and setting up another in their 31-11 win over Southland.

It was Ratave’s midfield break that resulted in the first try of the game, scored by flanker Mitch Karpik, who was perfectly positioned to take a pass to score when the former Namosi centre was tackled.

Six minutes into the second half Southland responded when centre Isaac Te Tamaki fired a huge pass to blindside flanker Charles Alaimalo on the left flank who scored.

But then a tip tackle proved costly for Southland as it set up a chance for Bay of Plenty to move the ball for centre Sean Wainui to go across.

Replacement Marty Banks got Southland close with two penalties but Ratave was given space on the blindside and he went for a try.

When Southland’s Alaimalo was sin-binned for a retaliation play, Bay of Plenty’s flanker Nikora Broughton scored after a scrum and completed their win.

By Romeka Romena


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