Rugby Union

Nadroga beats Suva 17-12 to retain Skipper Cup title

A huge crowd turned out at the ANZ Stadium in Suva to witness the anticipated match between RC Manubhai Suva and BLK Nadroga in the Skipper Finals today. The Easala Nauga coached side has yet again retained their Skipper Trophy after upsetting Suva 17-12 in the finals today. Nadroga’s number 13 Joeli Lutumailagi scored the […]

Luke Nacei

August 6, 2016 5:09 pm

A huge crowd turned out at the ANZ Stadium in Suva to witness the anticipated match between RC Manubhai Suva and BLK Nadroga in the Skipper Finals today.

Josefa Cawanibuka scoring a try for Nadroga. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Joeli Lutumailagi scoring a try for Nadroga. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

The Easala Nauga coached side has yet again retained their Skipper Trophy after upsetting Suva 17-12 in the finals today.

Nadroga’s number 13 Joeli Lutumailagi scored the lone try for his side while fullback Apisalome Waqatabu kicked four conversions in the match.

The capital city side was unfortunate in scoring a try as the stallions with their mighty defence held the team away from their try line.

Suva fullback Meli Kurisaru kicked three conversions for his side.

Nadroga led 8-3 at half timeĀ and continued their momentum till the last minute of the match.

Nadroga coach Esala Nauga said it was a tough game against Suva.

NAUGA: “We went through difficult times but after the match today we really thank the boys for the brilliant performance. Their hard work has made us win the Skipper Cup competition again today. We thank Suva for the tough competition, today was a difficult game against Suva because we were just able to score one try.”

Nauga thanked all their Nadroga supporters for supporting the team.

NAUGA: “There were plenty supporters from Nadroga who came all the way from Sigatoka to cheer for us, I would like to thank them for making their way up here and supporting our boys.”

Suva coach Akuila Nasi said they had learned a lot after the grueling match against Nadroga.

NASI: “It is all about the opportunity…it was there but then we didn’t make it. I thank Nadroga for the good game today but we fell short, we will try and work on the errors. A few penalties were there we could have kicked but because of pressured rugby the boys couldn’t.”

Nadroga walked away with a prize of $30,000 while Suva received $15,000.

Meanwhile, Suva won the U20 final of the Skipper Cup beating Nadroga 26-24 and walked away with the cheque of $15,000.

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