Nadroga thrash Nadi to retain Farebrother
20 August, 2011
2011 BSP Farebrother Series – Challenge 7
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka
Nadroga 51 (19)
Tries: Mitieli Nacagilevu, Jonetani Ratu, Seveci Taka, Aporosa Tabulawaki,Iliesa Ratuva, Peni Ravai, Apisai Domolailai, Joeli Lutumailagi, Con: Jonetani Ralulu (4) Pen: Jonetani Ralulu Nadi 15 (5)
Try: Sainivalati Gaunavou, Bese Buinimasi, Ron Katonivere Referee: James Bolabiu
Kick Off: 3:30 PM
Conditions: Cool and sunny
Nadi struggled to cope with the pace and power of a determined Nadroga team as they were overwhelmed 51-15 by a rampant Nadroga team. The win means Nadroga have now gone through two seasons and 14 games unbeaten in the BSP Farebrother-Sullivan competition.
|Nadroga - reign supreme again in 2011. |
Nadi began with intent however lacked a decent kicker in front of goal with three penalties and a drop goal missed within the opening 13 minutes of play, with fullback Asaeli Driu and then flyhalf Sunia Vata culprits.
With Nadi misfiring, it didn’t take the hosts too long to find their groove as fullback Mitieli Nacagilevu stretched out a long arm to score in the corner after quick hands from the Nadroga backline had the Nadi defense stretched. Five minutes later former Flying Fijian Jonetani Ratu sliced though some brittle defense to score by the posts. Jonetani Ralulu’s conversion saw Nadroga’s lead stretched to 12-nil.
On 29 minutes Nadi botched a defensive 5 metre scrum enabling Nadroga scrumhalf Seveci Taka to snaffle the loose ball and score under the posts. The conversion was simple for Ralulu as Nadroga held a commanding 19-nil lead.
Nadi hit back on 32 minutes to ensure it wasn’t all one way traffic as inside centre Sainivalati Gaunavou scored in the far corner. Nadi could’ve narrowed the lead further on 38 minutes with a penalty, but despite using their third kicker of the half, in Isoa Donaldson, the result was the same as the kick went astray.
In the second half flyhalf Ralulu conjured a wonderful try when he chipped for winger Aporosa Tabulawaki to gather on the full and score in the corner. Ten minutes later the game was over as a contest as Iliesa Ratuva barged over to score. Ralulu’s conversion meant Nadroga held an unassailable 34-5 lead. When prop Peni Ravai scored in the 60th minute Nadroga were on cruise control and skipper Tiko Matawalu could afford to entertain the crowd as he came up to take the conversion.
Though Nadi scored two late tries it wasn’t enough to prevent a thrashing as Nadroga cracked the 50 point mark when centre Joeli Lutumailagi finished off proceedings with a trademark swallow dive to score.