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Coaches Warn Tailevu

Tebara Bus Tailevu faces defending HFC Bank Farebrother champion BLK Nadroga tomorrow at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. SUNsports spoke with two top local coaches who have previously challenged the Stallions and
26 Sep 2014 12:55

Tebara Bus Tailevu faces defending HFC Bank Farebrother champion BLK Nadroga tomorrow at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

SUNsports spoke with two top local coaches who have previously challenged the Stallions and they offered their take on what Tailevu would have to do to make the most of their shots at the prestigious silverware.

Watisoni Ratulevu’s Northland side currently holds the edge of being the strongest challenger so far after denying Nadroga their typical runaway rugby with a 12-0 scoreline on September 6.

Ratulevu insisted Tailevu would have to go hard, if they genuinely want to win or, in the least, hold their own against the Stallions.

“This is a challenge match and for Tailevu, they will be going in as the underdog which would not be such a bad thing,” Ratulevu said.

“To counter Nadroga, there are a number of areas they must be alert in. They’ll have to be ready and strong in the scrums, in the line-outs and in the ruck areas to gain ground against Nadroga.

“In the backline, they have to control possession and maintain it if they want to make tries.

“If they can go 100 per cent and give it their whole-hearted effort, they will be able to counter Nadroga and hopefully they can succeed where we didn’t. They have to come hungry for the win and really want it to make it happen.”

RC Manubhai Suva head coach Salimoni Ravouvou believed Tailevu’s best chance was sticking to their own stuff.

“It’s about being able to counter-attack Nadroga and that can be made possible by sticking to what they already know. Whatever strategy they’ve been using throughout the season, whatever game plan they’ve been following holds the key to their success.

“If they maintain their focus on their own game plan and not get too caught up in the opponent’s game plan, they stand a good chance. It’s all about sticking to what they do best and what had served them well in the past.”

The capital side presented a strong challenge for the Stallions on September 13 just falling short at full time 18-23.

Tebara Transport Tailevu:

Jale Sassen, Saula Qalomai, Sakeo Latianara (C), Daveta Koroitakali, Jo Matasau, Isei Ravulo, Joseva Wini, Ropate Raburau, Seru Cavuilati, Sunia Bainivalu, Manueli Gade, Poasa Waqanibau, Iliesa Keresoni, David Batiratu, Jaoji Dakuvula, Manasa Tuidraki, Sunia Tamani, Anare Sovanivalu, Pio Vakavosaki, Moli Mouga, Keni Naidrodro, Emori Waqa, James Vuli, Lemeki Rokoduguni, Aminisitai Niukula.

BLK Nadroga:

Seremaia Naureure, Ratu Seru Cakobau, Setefano Samoca, Iosefo Tania, Etonia Naba, Timoci Sauvoli, Jone Navori, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Sakiusa Gavidi, Jiuta Lutumailagi, Iliesa Ratuva, Eroni Vasiteri, Samu Cava, Esala Navori, Mitieli Nacagilevu, Iliesa Leca, Ratu Penijamini Makutu, Nemani Camainakelo, Apisai Moimoi, Levani Kurimudu, Samu Laqai, Ratu Naisa Narukutabua, Ratu Naisa Vatuinaruku.

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