Silktails Head Coach Wes Naiqama was proud of his side’s efforts against competition leaders St Mary’s.
With the game moved from Churchill Park Stadium to the Number 3 Outer Ground due to torrential rain, the Silktails Middle Forwards stood up in a physical battle in wet conditions and went into the halftime break 8-6. The Silktails try was scored by Ratu Temesia Jilivecevece on his return game to the Silktails Club from the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup.
Coach Wes Naiqama spoke of his frustration, saying “It should have easily been 18-8 to us had we executed 2 back of the field line breaks in which the last pass went to ground. We also lost Manoa Vilikesa to the sin bin for dangerous contact which made it even harder work or us.”
The second half saw the Silktails fall behind 20 – 6 early in the half. With Sefa Bola being a standout out with his aggression with and without the ball, Bola capped off a strong game with a solo 50mtr try in which he ran through 2 defenders and steamrolled the full back to get the game back to 20 – 12. St Mary’s then secured a late penalty goal with the final score being 22 – 12.
Coach Naiqama said the young Silktails Squad were their own worst enemy with poor completions. “54% in the first half and 46% in the second half won’t get you across the line against the competition leaders. The positive is we are still getting close and if we fix that we will finish the year with more wins than losses. We win teams in the physicality battle every week and if we show some patience early, we will get teams at the back end of the game.”
“Again, another harsh lesson for our young team but we will get ready to go again in Nadi next Saturday night” said Naiqama.
Naiqama also praised the three returning Ipswich Jets boys that came back to the Silktails this week, saying they all contributed well and will be better for the run with the boys next week.
The Silktails take on Penrith Brothers next Saturday night at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.