Barracudas Coach Wants Improvement
Samurai Barracudas will need to improve on their performance if they want to finish at the top of the Nasinu Rugby Union’s club competition.
Coach Sailosi Naiteqe Snr said they want to do one better than last year when they bowed out in the quarterfinals.
“We want to change that this year,” Naiteqe said.
“The competition has been really tough and challenging for us because most of the boys in the team are still new.
“This is just the pool rounds but we need to treat every game like a final and the boys know what they have to do.”
Naiteqe said there is a lot of untapped talents along the Nasinu- Nausori corridor and he is thankful for such club competition so he can get the best players to represent Nasinu in the B-Division competition against Rewa.
“The challenge in this Nasinu- Nausori corridor is trying to expose the talents that we have and being the Nasinu coach, we are trying to prepare our team for the B-Division competition.
“There is a lot of untouched talents around this area and most of them are unemployed and they usually group together to form a team.
“Most of the boys are in secondary schools rugby but once they leave high school they lose interest in playing.”
While the NRU is doing their part in development of rugby skills amongst players by having club competitions but the price they pay to hold such competitions is a lot.
Union treasurer Saimoni Camaitoga said they need assistance from business houses or Government to have a proper venue to hold their games which does not cost an arm and a leg.
“We need assistance with our grounds, we are looking forward to the new grounds that is supposed to be done in Valelevu but we are not sure when it will be open,” Camaitoga said.
“It is really costing us a lot to get venues to have our games and we don’t have any sponsors. I’m pleading to the business houses to join in and help.
“We have been surviving from our gate takings and even digging into our own pockets to meet costs.
“There is nothing for us to gain and we are contributing to the development of rugby at this level so we are just hoping that things get better.”
Results: Newtown 16-9 Samurai Barracudas, Tacirua 14-20 Uluinakau, Matuku 3-3 Caubati, Waitui Blues 19-5 Saioni, Tovata 0-3 Vatuwaqa, Senicevugadamu 7-3 Powerade.