Super Saturday For The Top 7

Showtime for teams on the rise Namosi, Malolo, Northland The business-end of the Skipper Cup competition begins today when the top seven teams battle for the semifinal spots next month.
15 Jul 2016 11:15
Super Saturday For The Top 7
Namosi take on Northland while Suva face Nadi tomorrow. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Showtime for teams on the rise Namosi, Malolo, Northland

The business-end of the Skipper Cup competition begins today when the top seven teams battle for the semifinal spots next month.

With one more round to go, the battle for the top four places will be closely and intensely contested.

This reflects the intensity and standard of the competition made possible by the input of the coaching staff and the players throughout the year.

The top seven teams are Nadroga (35points), Suva (32), Naitasiri (32), Namosi (30), Northland (30), Malolo (30) and Nadi (29).


Suva team to beat: Nadi

Nadi must beat Suva at Prince Charles Park on Saturday to keep its hopes alive.

Nadi team manager Jeff Tamata said they would treat the game as the final.

“Everything is against you when you play Suva as they have the material, resources and support,”Tamata said.

“When we meet them, they are always the team to beat. But we should be ready for them come game time, this is the final for us.”

Tamata said the top seven teams all have a chance of qualifying for the semifinals.

“This is an exciting year for the Skipper Cup competition. By this time last year, all the established teams have already booked their spots.

“This should be a close call right to the last round next week. This shows the input of the coaching staff, players and the special requirement by the Fijian Rugby Union that all coaches should have a Level Two accreditation.

“We are looking forward to the Super Seven Saturday this weekend. Good luck to all the teams.”

The other key crucial games will involve teams that have never won the Skipper Cup in Namosi,  Malolo  and Northland.


Super Saturday at Thomson Park

Namosi and Northland both need a win to keep their hopes alive when they clash at Thomson Park, Navua.

Playing on their home ground, Namosi will be the favourite to win. The 2015 finalist played a good game despite losing 18-8 to Suva at the ANZ Stadium last week.

“There could be two positional changes in the backline otherwise we will field the same that played Suva against Northland,”Namosi team manager Tukana Saladoka said.

“This is an important round for the top seven teams. There’s only one option for us, we need to win against Northland.”

Northland manager Maciu Koroi said it would be the survival of the fittest in the Super Saturday at Navua. The team trains at the Forces Training Group base in Nasinu and camp at the Valelevu Methodist Church hall.

“We need to win and the boys know they need to lift and play to expectation on Saturday,”Koroi said.

“This is a Super Saturday for the seven teams and we are looking forward to a good game.”



Team manager Ratu Tevita Sadrata wants Nadroga fans to be Lawaqa Park at 3pm today when they take on the defending champions.

“This is our first year while Nadroga has been there ever since rugby started in Fiji,”Ratu Tevita said.

“Our original objective was to be in the top 8 after the Skipper Cup ends but by the sixth round, we know we can make it in the top four.

“We aim to give Nadroga a good game before we face Namosi next week.”


Top 8 in 2016

Lautoka (10), Macuata (13) and Vatukoula (9) need to win the remaining two rounds to be in the top 8 next year.

Lautoka plays Vatukoula at Theodore Park today while Macuata hosts Naitasiri at All Saints ground.

Two of the teams will be relegated with Tailevu and Tavua to the Vodafone B Cup competition next year.

But tomorrow its Super Saturday, make an effort to be there.


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