Rugby

Vidiri scores best try

FORMER Flying Fijians and All Blacks wing Joeli Vidiri yesterday scored the try of his life when he married his sweetheart Lavenia Ratabua in Sacramento, California yesterday. The former Auckland Blues Super Rugby flyer flew...

Northland rules Tailevu rugby battle

IT was a tough battle between the two teams from the province of Tailevu but Northland proved themselves with a 16-11 win against hosts Tailevu in the second round of the Skipper Cup competition. Northland scored the first points of the game through a penalty to Jovilisi Taraka to lead 3-0. A yellow card was...

Rewa commended for good game

SUVA might have recorded a nail-biting 24-17 win its game against Rewa but the host’s received the high praise from both coaches. Regarded as the game of flair and good defence, Suva coach Sakaraia Labalaba said Rewa took them to the wire and a half time talk, the tactical changes in the second half and...

Sweet rugby revenge

‘TOSO black toso!’ reverberated the loudest at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday as the highly-fancied Naitasiri outfit outclassed hosts Nadi 22-15 during the second challenge match of the Farebrother Sullivan trophy. It was sweet revenge for the Highlanders who succumbed to Nadi in 2019 at Ratu Cakobau Park. The Jetsetters set the pace of...

Army clinches title

The Army Green rugby side won the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s at Lawaqa Park yesterday. In an entertaining Cup final, Army Green edged Police White 14-7. Two quick tries from the red and green machine saw them take a 14-nil lead at half time. Police White, which had the services of Apisalome Waqatabu and Peceli...

Gaunavinaka twins cherish final achievement

FIJI Secondary Schools Rugby League best player of the under-19 grand final Josefa Gaunavinaka said there was no sweeter way to remember winning the 2021 Vodafone Trophy, than doing so alongside his twin brother. The twins immediately looked for each other for a brotherly embrace after the last play of the grand final at the...

Ba Pro keeps head up after falling to RKS

BA Provincial Free Bird Institute Dragons manager Aseri Saukuru said it was not the end of the road and they would continue to keep their heads up despite falling short 16-14 to Ratu Kadvulevu School Eels during the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League under-17 final. “We did more than our best, but were unlucky,” said...

Luveitasau creates own legacy

NASINU Secondary School Panthers under-15 captain and grand final best player, Mosese Luveitasau, says it was the legacy behind him that inspired him to play his best during their 10-6 win over Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute Dragons at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. Luveitasau is named after his father and former Naitasiri, 7s and 15s...

New sponsor boosts Barbarian Brothers

Life after Rugby Barbarians was glad to have Bumble Bee Seafood Company as part of their sponsors at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday. Their sponsorship comes in time in support of the team as they prepare for the last leg of the Fiji Rugby Union Super 7s Series to be held in Lautoka. Jerry Tuwai...

Drua move positive

PLAYING in the Super Rugby is a positive step for Fiji rugby, says former Fiji 7s captain and coach Waisale Serevi. Serevi said playing in the Super Rugby would allow our players time to play together as a team as it had always been a problem for the Fiji 15s. The Gau man said one...

Tourney for late coach

Touch Fiji Federation has announced the Fiji Gold Raiwaqa Flyers Gladiators Tomasi Uluimoala Memorial Cup tournament that will be held on the first of May in Suva. There are four pools in the men’s division and two pools for women. Association president Tevita Mau said this tournament was in remembrance of the late national coach,...

McKenzie kicks Chiefs to thrilling win over Crusaders

Damian McKenzie has done it again. For a third Super Rugby Aotearoa match in succession, the star Chiefs playmaker has mustered the crucial late play for his side to claim a thrilling win. After a last-gasp try against the Blues, a golden-point penalty against the Highlanders, this time it was the Crusaders on the receiving...

17th April

Malomalo 7s: Army Green wins Cup final

The Army Green side has won the 2021 Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. The side beat Police White 14-7 in the Cup final. Army led 14-nil at halftime. Army received $5000 for the win while Police White received $2500.

Skipper Cup 2021: Northland edges Tailevu to notch first win

Northland Tailevu edged Tailevu 16-11 in the second round of the Skipper cup competition. The side came in strong in the second half after leading 6-3 at halftime. Jovilisi Tarara kicked in the winning penalty to end the game. More in tomorrow’s The Sunday Times.

Farebrother Challenge: Naitasiri wrestles the ‘Holy Grail’ to the highlands

Dying minutes of the match as Naitasiri is holding onto the lead and strong in attack inside the hosts half. Nadi awarded a penalty in their own half as Toga kicks for territory. He than dances around the opposition players to score a five-pointer in the corner which has been ruled out for a knock-on...

Farebrother Challenge: Visitors upped the tempo scoring another try in the last quarter

Last quarter of the match as the visitors have upped the tempo. A neat break by replacement player Naiduki enables him to dot between the uprights. Conversion successful by Douglas as Naitasiri hit the lead 22- 15. Earlier on in the match close to 4000 crowd are in attendance as Naitasiri is close to the...

Northland leads Tailevu, 6-3 at halftime

Northland Tailevu is currently leading to Tailevu 6-3 in the second round of the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park ground two this afternoon. Meanwhile the Northland’s development side defeated Tailevu 13-10 during their match today. The second half of the main game has begun.  

Farebrother Challenge: Well-behaved crowd in attendance

A well-behaved crowd in attendance with majority from the highlands. There is a heavy police presence also as Naitasiri is hot on attack. The score remains at 15-15.

Farebrother Challenge: A Sivo try levels the scores

Railala finishes his term at the ‘naughty chair’ and strides into the field of play only to see Nadi’s livewire hooker Maikeli Sivo dive for a try to level the scores. Toga’s attempted conversion drifts to the right of the post. Score: Nadi 15 Naitasiri 15

Farebrother Challenge: Naitasiri contain big Nadi lads

Dual changes for Naitasiri as Filipe Navatoga and Tomasi Naiduki enter the field. Naitasiri is easily able to contain the bigger Nadi boys so far. No changes to the half time score of 15-10.

Farebrother Challenge: Hosts trail Naitasiri 15-10 as second half begins

Referee Aisake Drekeni has a firm control of the match played under hot and humid conditions. The crowd has ballooned to close to 3000. The hosts are trailing the challenger’s by 10-15 although Nadi has enjoyed territorial advantage for a large part of the first half. Second half starts with Naitasiri enjoying a slight breeze...

Malomalo 7s: Army Green secure Cup final spot

Army Red upset tournament favorites Police Blue 17-15 in the first Cup semi-final at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. In a fame of two halves, Police ran away to a 15-nil lead at halftime and looked set to book another Cup final position this year. However, Army Green had other plans and scored three tries...

Farebrother Challenge: Naitasiri penalised for foul play but lead at halftime

Six footer lock-forward for Naitasiri is shown a yellow card for foul play. Nadi on the attack in Naitasiri’s half as indiscipline is creeping in on the visitors and are penalized for a high tackle in front of the posts. Sela Toga successfully converts for a halftime score of 15-10 in favor of the challengers.

Farebrother Challenge: Naitasiri extends lead

Captain courageous Sireli Kaloucava dots for another five-pointer as Naitasiri is slowly taking control of the match. Unsuccessful conversion by Kini Douglas. Flanker Necani Nawaqadau had scored earlier in the match but the conversion by replacement kicker Josevani Soro was unsuccessful. Maleli Lesavua scored the first try in the corner for the Highlanders but the...

Farebrother Challenge: Naitasiri lead after Nawaqadau try

Naitasiri’s quick-thinking forward pack led to a well-deserved try to flanker Necani Nawaqadau but the conversion by replacement kicker Josevani Soro fails. Earlier in the match Nadi number eight Ratu Napolioni Dawai dived for the hosts first try which was successfully converted by fullback Tevita Mociu. Score: Naitasiri 10 Nadi 7

Farebrother Challenge: Nadi in a slight lead over Naitasiri

Block-busting Nadi number eight Ratu Napolioni Dawai dived for the hosts first try which was successfully converted by fullback Tevita Mociu. In tit- for-tat fashion Naitasiri’s Maleli Lesavua responds with a try in the corner but the conversion is unsuccessful by Kini Douglas. Nadi has been camping in the opposition half for most of the...

Electrifying atmosphere at Prince Charles Park

An electrifying atmosphere hovers at Prince Charles Park as the two teams, Nadi and Naitasiri are still warming up for the second Farebrother Cup challenge this year. A crowd of close to 3,000 have braved the hot weather conditions to be in attendance. The shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Honourable Radrodro is also in...

Malomalo 7s: Army Red complete semi-final lineup

Army Red is through to the Cup semi-final of the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s after defeating Nahehevia Blues 14-12 in the last quarterfinal. Army Red will face Police White in the second cup semi-final while the first semi-final will be between Police Blue and Army Green.

Nadi names squad for second challenge

Nadi has named a relatively young and inexperienced squad with a few old hands for the second Farebrother challenge match of the year. Apart from Ron Katonivere who will lead the charge for the hosts, explosive Jolame Luvevou, enterprising Napolioni Dawai and rugged Turuva Lumelume are the other old hands. Naitasiri has named a powerful...

Malomalo 7s: Police White edge Navutulevu, qualifies for semi-final

The Police White side has secured a spot in the Cup semifinals of the Malomalo 7s tournament. This after they beat Navutulevu 14-12 in the third Cup quarterfinal. Police White led 7-5 at halftime.

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