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Rewa Holds 10-men Nadi at Home

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Rewa team members after holding Jacks Nadi Rewa team members after holding Jacks Nadi The Delta Tigers Rewa continued its improved performance from last week as they held league leaders Jacks Nadi 1-1 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Saturday.

Rewa, after their 1-0 win against Ba last week, settled well early into the match as defender Jone Kaloutani blasted-in the opener in the 9th minute taking advantage of the poor clearance by the Nadi defense.

The visitors suffered another blow in the 11th minute as rugged defender Ilimotama Jese was shown his marching orders by referee Ravitesh Behari for a dangerous foul on Garish Prasad.

This, however, did not deter the Jetsetters much as they created heartbeats on Rewa defenders through counter attacks.

Debutant Antonio Tuivuna made his presence felt in his first game in green jumper as his deep cross in the 42nd minute was handled by Peniame Drova in the Rewa box as referee Behari did not hesitate to award Nadi a penalty kick.

Sensational striker Samuela Drudru made no mistake and placed the ball at the back of the net which gave diving Rewa goalie Simione Tamanisau no chance at all.

Halftime: Rewa 1 1 Nadi.

Both teams had equal chances in the second half, however the strikers failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunities while the goalkeepers Tamanisau and Vereti Dickson stood tall under the sticks keeping the halftime score intact till the final whistle.

Nadi coach Kamal Swamy was happy with the draw and said his boys played well despite being a man short from the early stages of first half.

We had more possession and chances despite having one player less on the field, Swamy said.

My boys covered all areas well and we did not allow Rewa to score any more goals".

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said his boys failed to take advantage of having one extra man on the field as they lacked finishing upfront.

Nadi maintains its lead on the points table with 20 points after playing 9 matches while Rewa is on sixth spot tied with Ba on 11 points as the Men-in-Black has a better goal difference.

Meanwhile in the only other match played over the weekend, Lautoka hammered Nadroga 4-0 at Govind Park in Ba.

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