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Nadi Eels In Cup finals

September 10
10:55 2014

The Nadi Eels Rugby League Club has joined top flight of the Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup Top 8 competition for the first time since its introduction in 2012.

The Eels will be joined by Lautoka Crushers which they will meet in the Premier grade grand final at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday.

The Nadi-based Eels defeated debutants Tuwalu Tigers (16-10) from Navosa which featured former Flying Fijians winger Isoa Neivua.

Team coach Josaia Cava said his boys deserved to play well to make their debut in the Top 8 in the next season.

“We have being working hard for this for a long time and we are over the moon making into to the Top 8 for next year’s competition. Facing a team such as Tuwalu Tigers filled with star players who have the depth of experience and skills were enormous.

“I told the boys to give everything they have and just do what they have been taught.”

Cava said they learned a lot of lesson from their previous match and would bank senior players in the likes of former national rugby U20 fullback, Ledua Ratumuri, Watesoni Bete, Moape Ramemena, and Waseroma Turaga.

The NERLC was among the pioneer teams formed in 1994 with the services of dual internationals Niko Baleiverata, Etonia Nadura, Samisoni and Saula Rabaka under the name tag of Nadi Heron RLC which later changed to their current name in 2004.

The other grades finals: (Top 8) KBL Saru Dragons – Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs, (Reserve) KBL Saru Dragons – Tifa Jek Hot Springs Sabeto Roosters, (Under 18) KBL Saru Dragons – Tifa Jek Hot Springs Sabeto Roosters, (Under 14) KBL Saru Dragons – Malawai Sea Eagles, (Under 16) KBL Saru Dragons – Dee Cees Nadera Panthers.




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