Namosi wins Farebrother trophy after beating Nadroga

Namosi is the new Farebrother Sullivan trophy holders after beating Nadroga 15-8.

It’s also the first time Namosi has beaten Nadroga in Farebrother history.

Namosi captain and number eight Sunia Nadruku says they did their homework on Nadroga.

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“We know Nadroga’s scrum is solid because we saw it in their win against Suva last week because of that we worked on that area at training and today we can hold and match Nadroga upfront and I’m thankful it worked out in our favor”.

Nadroga was reduced to 14 men when Joeli Lutumailagi was sent to the sin bin in the 16th minute for a dangerous tackle but three minutes later Namosi landed a penalty through fly-half Joseva Vunisa.

Namosi prop Aseri Robarobalevu then powered through the Nadroga defense for the team’s first try before Peceli Nacebe converted a penalty for the Stallions as the hosts trailed 3-10 at half time.

Challengers Namosi, turned up the tempo early in the second half and nearly scored but the Nadroga defense kept them at bay.

Both teams then lost a player each when props Aseri Robarobalevu of Namosi and Nadroga’s Jone Koroiduadua were sent to the sin bin.

There were a few missed chances for both sides before Namosi winger Vinaya Habosi sprinted away for their second try, extending their lead to 15-3.

Veteran Nadroga forward and captain Rupeni Nasiga pulled one back for the Stallions and Nacebe missed the conversion from right in front of the posts.

Nasiga says they only have themselves to blame.

“Our casual play in the first half and we try to come back in the second half, unfortunately,  we came short and it’s a game of rugby you have to start early”.

Meanwhile, Naitasiri will challenge Namosi next weekend for the Farebrother trophy.


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