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Covenant Blue Target Final

Covenant Blue Target Final
Former Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain and Olympian Osea Kolinisau (7th from right) with the Covenant Blue at YMCA ground, Suva on August 30,2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
August 31
12:30 2018

The Covenant Blue team have high hopes of reaching the final of the Suva Rugby Un­ion’s Escott Shield.

The side will face defending cham­pions Police Blues in the semi-final tomorrow at Bidesi Park in Suva.

Coach Tevita Fifita said though they have Fiji’s Olympic gold medal winning 7s captain Osea Kolinisau in the squad they will not be taking Police Blues for granted.

Fifita said having reached the quarterfinals three years in a row, the team is determined to securing a win and reaching the finals.

“I have been telling the boys to trust God and also trust the team,” Fifita said.

“With Kolinisau in, it is a big boost for us but we will treat this game as a normal game.

“This is a big challenge for us since last year we reached the quar­terfinal and the team is made up of a young squad so they are prepar­ing well to ensure that we reach the final.”

Fifita acknowledged the help from parents and families of the team for supporting the team throughout the week.

POLICE WARY OF KOLINISAU

Police Blues coach Solomone Nute said they are aware that Kolinisau will boost Covenant Blue but that does not take away the fact they will aim to defend their title.

Nute added preparation has been on track and there are no injuries in the team.

“For us this is like a final and this past week have been focused on per­fecting our game,” Nute said.

“Covenant Blue was once the hold­er of the shield and with Kolinisau back from the United States, the side will be fired up.

“The main focus is controlling our set pieces and if we do this well the outcome, will go in our favour.

“Yes we are the defending champi­ons but we also need our support­ers to help cheer the team on.”

Fiji’s Olympic gold medal winning sevens captain Kolinisau signed with the Houston Strikers last year.

The 31-year-old made his debut for the Fiji sevens team in 2008 and led them to back to back World Series titles in 2015 and 2016 and sevens gold at last year’s Rio Olympics.

In the other semifinal Navy will face QVSOB at Bidesi Park, Suva.

Edited by Osea Bola

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