Analysis | Farebrother Challenge

Risk Not Worth Taking

Gone are the days where we host provincial matches in substandard venues because hardly anyone benefits.
10 Aug 2020 13:04
Risk Not Worth Taking
Rugby fans sit on the roof of a house beside Thomson Park in Navua to watch the Namosi’s clash against Naitasiri on August 8, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Analysis:

Is it worth the risk? Definitely not and rugby should not turn the clock back if the sport is to progress.

Kudos to Namosi for retaining the Farebrother–Sullivan Trophy by edging Naitasir 17-15 at Thomson Park, Navua on Saturday.

But gone are the days where we host provincial matches in substandard venues because hardly anyone benefits.

Gone are days where temporary sheds are erected for officials while ropes are put in place to cordon off fans. Those days are long gone as we have the venues in a place where we can spend Saturday watching the game we love.

Where’s social distancing... rugby fans watching the Namosi and Naitasiri clash  at Thomson Park, Navua on August 8, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Where’s social distancing… rugby fans watching the Namosi and Naitasiri clash at Thomson Park, Navua on August 8, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Sponsors make it happen in these trying times but normally they don’t get their mileage in return.

Fans turned up in numbers to wind down after a week’s work. But often they don’t get their money’s worth because they are made to stand braving the sun or rain for hours.

This is why the Fiji Rugby Union and Namosi Rugby Union should seriously reconsider hosting important matches at Thomson Park in future. If they do, they have a lot to gain.

The first two rounds of Skipper Cup Premiership and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy double-headers were televised live from Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

Namosi's Sirio Lovokuru dives in for try against Naitasirio during Skipper Cup under 19 match . Photo: Ronald kUmar.

Namosi’s Sirio Lovokuru dives in for try against Naitasirio during Skipper Cup under 19 match . Photo: Ronald kUmar.

Unfortunately, this was not the case on Saturday where Namosi played Naitasiri in the premier match of the round. Simply it was not ideal.

The match broke COVID-19 protocols with fans failing to adhere to social distancing rules and the 50 per cent capacity due to space limitations.

Fans watched the match from rooftops and trees adding risk to the game.

We can’t blame fans but organisers should take responsibility and should act now to prevent it from recurring.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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