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By ANASILINI RATUVA
Macuata treated the 15-52 defeat yesterday as a learning experience.
This was after the side was brought down to earth at Subrail Park in the Digicel Cup rugby encounter against Naitasiri.
Macuata team manager Meli Mataruga said Naitasiri taught them a big lesson.
“This is our second year in the major union and playing a side like Naitasiri has taught us a lot,”he said.
“We can only learn to get better and rise from the fall.”
Led by skipper Senivalati Vunibola, the forwards took control upfront and resulting in Dan Ligairi scoring their first try which was converted by Kolinio Vunaki.
Macuata hit back with try to Rusiate Matasau which was converted by fullback Napolioni Seru.
The Highlanders continued their dominance with Inoke Tuisese scoring their second try and converted by Vunaki.
Vunibola scored their third try and was converted by Vunaki. Just before halftime John Stewart scored another try, converted again by Vunaki for Naitasiri to lead 28-10 at halftime.
The Highlander’s supporters roared the loudest in the opening minutes of the second half after Temesia Roko scored their fifth try and was converted by Vunaki. Macuata got one back through flyhalf Sakiusa Jako and was not converted by Isoa Rokobici.
Naitasiri lifted the intensity to another level with Stewart scoring their sixth try but was not converted by Vunaki. Seru Bulivakarua and Necani Wakaya scored a try each for Naitasiri in the last minute of the game and both tries were converted by Vunaki. Fulltime: Naitasiri 52- Macuata 15.
Naitasiri Head Coach Reverend Joji Rinakama was happy with the bonus win.
“ I was really impressed with the forwards, they played well and strong upfront,”he said.
“And they are now getting into the level that I want which is really good and I also want to thank the Macuata team for the great game.
“The only area we will work on now is our ball retention and defence.”