Nadroga dominated Yasawa 33 – 13 earlier today in their round 6 clash at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.
The stallions build the momentum early in the first half dominating almost all areas of play. Yasawa struggles to counter the swift attack from Nadroga as the stallions were very structured and kept the ball flowing throughout the game.
Five minutes into the first half Fijian 7s powerhouse Sevuloni Mocenacagi cross the try line to put Nadroga up in the scoreboard before Joseva Kuricuva added the extra 2 points giving Nadroga a 7 points lead.
Joseva Kuricuva made a clean break and ran straight for the try line on the 18 minutes to score their second before converting his try.
The fast-play from Nadroga caused chaos for the marlins defense as Jiuta Lutumailagi ran in for Nadroga’s third try while Kuricuva slotted the conversion in 21 – 0.
Kuricuva was an x-factor in the match, exploiting Yasawa’s defense line and found a gap to run straight for the try line to extend their lead 28 – 0.
Right before halftime Yasawa responded with a strong pick and drive from the forwards and lock Kitione Salawa drove his way on to the try line putting them up on the scoreboard 28 – 5 before going into the break.
The marlins came into the second half with a different approach in their gameplay, they manage to execute some open play and took the pressure to Nadroga. They consistently used their forward pack to gain good meters and executed fast flow play to their backline.
On the 57 minutes, Nadroga conceded a penalty and Josefa Vetaukula of Yasawa slotted the conversion adding another 3 points to their scoreboard 28 – 8.
On the 60th minute, Mocenacagi made a wonderful clean break and offloaded to his brother Kavekini Tabu who ran straight to the try line 33 – 8.
Yasawa continues to use their forwards to penetrate through Nadroga defense, on the 64th-minute substitute Esava Baleinatabua scored the last try of the match 33 – 13.
Nadroga captain Eremasi Radrodro said they knew Yasawa was going to come in hard, he added that they had a gameplan and they execute their gameplan pretty well.
“We executed our gameplan pretty well, we went in did the job and got the result we wanted, hats off to the boys.”
“However there are some areas we need to work on, we’ll go back after this game look closely into these areas and work on it to improve in the next game”
Nadroga takes on Lautoka next weekend in the seventh round of Skipper Cup at Churchill Park Lautoka.