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Taqele learning fast: Cheika

WAISEA NASOKIA NADI Michael Cheika has applauded Fijian player Taqele Naiyaravaro’s input in helping the Waratahs win the Super Rugby final. The Waratahs edged Crusaders 33-32 to be the new
09 Aug 2014 09:53

WAISEA NASOKIA
NADI
Michael Cheika has applauded Fijian player Taqele Naiyaravaro’s input in helping the Waratahs win the Super Rugby final.
The Waratahs edged Crusaders 33-32 to be the new champions.
He is the Waratahs head coach, and he is in the country with his family for holiday.
He said Naiyaravaro, who is from Yasawa, has become a top winger after switching from the Wests Tigers Rugby League Club.
“We have young players we have been growing from our own range and luckily we have Taqele who arrived from rugby league,” Cheika said at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji resort yesterday.
“He made a great impact when he came from the West Tigers.
“I think he played five or six games, which is really good because he did not play rugby for a very long time. I think he is going to have a big season next year for sure.”
He said Fijian rugby players had great influence in rugby league yet have bonded well with the boys.
“I was really happy for Taqele for the season making friends and fitting in well with Folau (Israel) because he will be playing 7s in Europe next week.
“Fijian players have done well in Australia and here in Fiji. If they can be discovered then they can play in Super Rugby.”
Cheika said they had a fabulous season and it was very enjoyable. “We tried to play a good style of rugby and be able to go on and win the tournament with a big bonus in front of a big crowd which is very good for rugby in Australia,” he said. Cheika said they had set a high achievement for the next season and to make their fans happy.
“We want to have another season of playing good rugby and I think it is very important for us to play running and attacking rugby and working hard and see if we can be competitive,” he said.
“Sometimes you need a bit of luck as you saw in the final. We had a good season, but we won by only one point in the last minute.
“It was a bit of luck because if you work hard you will get that. We just want to play good rugby and make our fans happy.”
Cheika arrived into the country yesterday with his family for a holiday at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji resort after the 2014 Super Rugby season.
He will be watching the Skipper Cup semi-final between BLK Nadroga and RC Manubhai Suva at Lawaqa Park today.
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