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ANALYSIS: Grounding Stallions Before They Bolt Away

ANALYSIS: Grounding Stallions Before They Bolt Away
Naitasiri Rugby side with HFC Senior Manager Training and Development Maca Taoba after winning 2018 HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge against Namosi at Thompson Park on July 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 04
11:20 2018

The third challenge of the HFC Bank Farebrother Tro­phy today should bring a perfect ending to the domestic pro­vincial rugby season.

There are no better teams to bring the curtains down then the Stallions of BLK Nadroga and the Highlanders of QAQA Naitasiri.

The rumble at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori should live-up to ex­pectations- fast, furious, worth the dollar, a crackerjack on the field and a vocal die-hard fans lifting the tempo on the grandstands.

Naitasiri have been the team to beat for Nadroga since they lifted the coveted silverware for the first time at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on July 11, 1998.

They not only put on a good show but lifted the tempo, breathing fire to the game with their firebrand and typical Highlanders style which is a delight to watch over the years.

Naitasiri captain Ratu Inoke Tu­isese should lead from front and marshall his troops to ground the Stallions before they bolt today.

Escaping by a whisker in the 20-21 win over Namosi last week, this is a different ball game for the High­landers and they must pounce from start to finish.

Coming from the traditional rug­by Tuisese family in Serea, Ratu Inoke knows it’s a call of duty to lead for the province like his uncles and brothers have done in the past.

In fact his brother Waisake Tu­isese was at the helm when they won the silverware 25-18 in 1998.

Ratu Inoke and the team have been getting good advice through­out the week from the veterans of 1998 which includes; Waisake, Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr, Asaeli Naite­qe, Akuila Tunasau, Maseikula Gaunavou, Timoci Tinaviti, Ratu Emori Tuisese Ro Kini Kiliraki and former Nadroga and Naitasiri coach Reverend Joji Rinakama.

Tips and words of encouragement from those who have been through the mill, been there, done it, should provide enough fire in their belly when they take on Stallions at 3pm today.

The game of 2018 should live to its billing and it’s who dare wins.

Many rugby pundits are banking on win for the Stallions but the Highlanders have done it in the past and they can do it again. A must –see, be there and it cost $15 flat.

Teams

Nadroga- 1 Sanaila Nahuto, 2 Ratunaisa Navuma , 3 Apete Sala­waqavuka, 4 Rupeni Nasiga ©, 5 Ulaiasi Lawavou, 6 Jone avori, 7 Sevuloni Tawake, 8 Sailosi Rabona­qica, 9 SakiusaGavidi, 10 Jiuta Lu­tumailagi, 11 Aporosa Tabulawaki, 12 Josese Kurokavu, 13 Sakiusa Na­kalevu 14 Tuiba Batiratu, 15 Mitieli Nacagilevu.

Bench: 16 Ratu Veremalua Vuga­koto, 17 Jone Koroduadua, 18 Sete­fano Somoca, 19 Timoci Narube, 20 Mosese Tawae, 21 Are Lelekula, 22 Saiasi Mataitoga, 23 Akariva Na­bati.

Naitasiri

1 Joeli Veitayaki, 2 Seremaia Nau­reure, 3 Mosese Ducivaki, 4 Necani Nawaqadau, 5 Filimone Seru, 6 Ve­taia Tiko, 7 Maciu Vakacabeqoli, 8 Ratu Inoke Tuisese, 10 Livai Ikan­ikoda, 10 Frank Lomani, 11 Sakeo Railoa, 12, Vilikesa Qio, 13 Aisa­lome Vota, 14 Nasoni Roko, 15 Meli Nakarawa.

Bench: 16 Mosese Gavidi, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18, Apakuki Naivanawalu, 19 Joseva Tawake, 20 Api Bogidrau, 21Emosi Vunivosa, 22 Tomasi Cama Ratu, 23 Kini Douglas.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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