Tailevu humble Northland in Digicel derby
Digicel Cup Round 5 – Saturday 6 May, 2012
Gatward Park, Korovou
Northland 6 (6)
Penalties: Josevata Bola (2)
Tailevu 29 (10)
Tries: Nemani Turagavitu, Jaoji Dakuvula, Manueli Gade, Aisea Druma | Conversions: Sunia Bainivalu (3) | Penalty: Sunia Bainivalu | Yellow card: Jeke Lailai, Aminiasi Nava, Amani Bosenawai
Referee – Napolioni Locoloco
Tailevu put on a powerful second half display to comfortably see off Northland 29-6 in the much anticipated Tailevu derby and claim maximum points from the fixture. In doing so the Lance Whippy coached side also saw ended Northland’s unbeaten start to the season while maintaining their own impressive form in the Digicel Cup – unbeaten in all four games played.
Despite the absence of key player Isake Katonibau, on tour with the Digicel Fiji 7s team in Scotland, Tailevu easily made amends through the performance of Katonibau’s replacement in the midfield - Nemani Turagalevu.
Turagalevu claimed the first try of the derby scoring in the right hand corner after Northland had taken an early lead via the trusted boot of Josevata Bola.
A second Bola penalty cut Tailevu’s lead to a single point but it was the kicking skills of fly half Sunia Bainivalu that allowed the visitors to maintain their led into the break. Following his conversion of Nava’s try with a penalty shortly before the breather to take Tailevu into the sheds 10-6 up.
Having sussed out the form of their opponents in the first half Tailevu turned the screws in the second half as the men in green ran in 19 unanswered points to leave Northland players floundering in the Gatward Park mud and their fans deflated
Three second half tries to Jaoji Dakuvula, Manueli Gade and Aisea Druma completed a second half rout and earned Tailevu their first bonus point of the season.
Tailevu’s Under 20s ensured the double was achieved on the day as they scraped through 7-5.
NADI v OVALAU
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Nadi 12 (5)
Tries – Timoci Saukuru, Kelepi Ketedromo | Con – Kelemedi Vusoqa | YC – Samuela Cava, Napolioni Dawai
Ovalau 27 (13)
Tries – Simeli Radrodro, Mesulame Siga | Pen – Meli Vananalagi (5) | Con – Meli Vananalagi | RC – Mosese Varamusu | YC – Frank Tupou
VATUKOULA v MACUATA
Theodore Park, Vatukoula
Vatukoula 24 (7)
Tries – Joseva Tuidraki, Lepani Raiyala, Manoa Natorogia, Saimone Nadore | Con – Senivalati Kenatale (2)
Macuata 7 (0)
Try – Eremani Radrodro | Con – Alivereti Nabati
LAUTOKA v SUVA
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Pen - Votiliai Tora (3), Sireli Satala
Tries- Beinner George (2) | Pen- Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca | YC - Joeli Bose
Tries - Apakuki Vuaviri, Iliavi Satala, Peniona Ranitu, Alipate Ciba | Con - Taniela Rawaqa (2) | Pen - Taniela Rawaqa (2)
Suva 23 (20)
Tries- James Brown (2) | Con- Kaminieli Neiqisa(2) | Pen- Kaminieli Naqisa (3) | YC- Sitiveni Kunaga
REWA v NADROGA
Burebasaga Ground, Burebasaga
Rewa 10 (0)
Try - Apisai Sakealevu | Con - Osea Lesi | Pen - Osea Lesi | YC- Ilisoni Dakunaivei, Tevita Sorowale
Nadroga 17 (10)
Tries- Sikeli Votunisiga, Lemeki Nataisau, Apisai Vasuitakei | Con - Timoci Lutuwailagi | YC - Sanaila Nahuto
Tries - Mikaeli Kurusiga, Acura Loco | Con - Netani Siga (2) | Pen- Netani Siga | YC - Mikaeli Kurusiga
Tries - Rupeni Nasiga (2), Aporosa Tabukisalu, Apisalome Waqatabu, Jonetani Ralulu (2) | Con - Jonetani Ralulum (3)