Saturday, 28 August 2010
Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka
Nadroga 41 (31)
Tries: Aca Ratuva, Paula Karatu, Seveci Taka, Nemani Nagusa, Joeli Lutumailagi,Tiko Matawalu, Maikeli Mocetadra Con: Naca Nagatalevu (3)
Ovalau 7 (0)
Tries: Sowani Saunitoga Con: Iowane Varani
Referee: Samula Tuidraki
Kick Off: 3:32 PM
Conditions: Suny and breezy
Few people really expected Ovalau to dethrone Nadroga in the opening BSP Farebrother-Sullivan fixture of the season, however many would have been disappointed with the challenge they mustered as Nadroga more or less had the fixture won well before half-time.
Aca Ratuva signaled Nadroga’s intentions in the ninth minute when he took the direct route to the try line, blasting himself through some tame Ovalau defense to score under the posts.
Seven minutes later Paula Karatu took full advantage of a disorganized Ovalau defense which failed to deal adequately with a Joeli Lutumailagi chip, enabling Karatu to gather and score.
Flyhalf Naca Nagatalevu was successful with the conversion as the Stallions threatened to gallop away with the game.
When Seveci Taka scored in the 23rd minute, squeezing through the slimmest of gaps to place the ball behind his head and score, Ovalau’s challenge was effectively over.
Nagatalevu was successful with his third conversion as Nadroga took a 21-nil.
However Nadroga became their own worst enemy as players in their eagerness to score knocked on. The call of “patience boys patience’ was heard from vice-captain Karatu and when Nadroga finally controlled their over eagerness they scored two more tries to Nadroga number eight Nemani Nagusa and then Lutumailagi.
Leading 31-nil at the break a cricket score seemed the most likely result and thus it seemed as Tiko Matawalu barged over in the 2nd minute after the break. Ten minutes later the very talented Maikeli Mocetadra squeezed over in the far corner taking Nadroga’s lead to 41-nil.
However soon after Nadroga lost their way and a succession of penalties eventually led to a try to Ovalau flanker Sowani Saunitoga. In the process of scoring the try the Ovalau forwards managed to dislodge the Nadroga cross bar by knocking sideways one of the uprights.
With the game deteriorating into a kicking duel Nadroga lost their edge and were unable to make any further impact on the scoreline. The Stallions winning in the end 41-7 but, as in the Digicel Cup final, will need to work on their disjointed second half performance.
Nadroga’s next opponents are Northland this Saturday, 28 August.
1.Tiko Matawalu (cpt), 2.Ratu Seru Cakobau, 3.Ratu Penijamini Makutu, 4.Apisai Navora, 5.Saimoni Vunilagi, 6.Ratu Aca Ratuva, 7.Semesa Gonevou, 8.Nemani Nagusa, 9.Seveci Taka, 10.Naca Nagatalevu, 11.Ratu Seru Qaranivalu, 12.Paula Karatu, 13.Joeli Lutumailagi, 14.Maikeli Mocetadra, 15.Aisea Natoga
16.Peni Ravai, 17.Sisa Naqasima, 18.Iliesa Ratuva, 19.Etonia Naba, 20.Epeli Kalou, 21.Joseva Qunawake, 22.Josaia Lotawa
1.Viliame Rokogu, 2.Maciu Roko, 3.Joseva Vosarogo, 4.Opeti Katoni, 5.Vonivate Vateitei, 6.Apenisa Qiri, 7.Sowani Saunitoga, 8.Samuela Kinikinilau, 9.Jonacani Sesekonamata, 10.Paula Gonerogo, 11.Walesi Dakuroko, 12.Orisi Vukinavanua, 13.Tomasi Mekemeke, 14.Isireli Qalo, 15.Iowane Varani
16.Luke Moce, 17.Inoke Tokalau, 18.Seveci Tamani, 19.Penioni Dirikibau, 20.Inoke Lagitukana, 21.Joeli Bola, 22.Poasa Tuidraki
MAN OF THE MATCH:
RATU PENIJAMINI MAKUTU (Prop – Nadroga) – Showed good form today admittedly against a team that really was not up to the task. His general play was solid and showed good movement around the park for a big man. The real test for Makutu will come against stronger opposition though.