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Macuata trains in Labasa yesterday at Sukanaivalu Military Ground. PHOTO:Peni Drauna
April 19
11:00 2017

The Macuata rugby team are focused on tying up all loose ends before they take on Northland in their Skipper Cup opener at Subrail Park, Labasa on Saturday.

Macuata Rugby Union general secretary Alipate Koli told SUNsports yesterday that they are determined to make a mark in this year’s competition.

“We’re serious in our preparations and what we intend to do this season,” he said.

“We want to make a difference this season by producing the results in the Skipper Cup competition.”

The MRU had earlier on appointed Iosefo Belasio as their head coach who has been working with a 54-member squad at the Sukanaivalu Military Barracks.

“They have been training and camping at the barracks. We’ve identified the players for the provincial team and the bigger squad allows us a wider selection base. We have named thirty players to work from and like I’ve said before we want to lift our performance and make a difference in all our games.”

He said the Macuata side consist of talented players who’ve formed a good understanding and combination.

“However, we will just polish up certain areas of our play before taking them out for this weekend’s game.”

Koli said they have a totally new team that have been mentored.

“We’ve set our goals and will discuss it with the players when we meet this Friday. We know the expectations from the fans and the vanua are high but at the same time we need support for the boys. It actually works both ways so while we prepare the boys for a better season, we would like to ask the business community to come forward and support the team,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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