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Stallions Want Suva In The Final

  The Esala Nauga coached- BLK Nadroga rugby team will only settle for a win against Naitasiri in their Skipper Cup semifinal clash on Saturday at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. The
28 Jul 2016 14:48
Stallions Want Suva In The Final
Vodafone Fijians Sevens reps Nemani Nagusa (with ball) followed by Jasa Veremalua during training at Uprising Beach Resort ground yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

The Esala Nauga coached- BLK Nadroga rugby team will only settle for a win against Naitasiri in their Skipper Cup semifinal clash on Saturday at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

The Stallions who are the defending Skipper Cup champions have been in devastating form during the quarterfinal stage when they tore Northland apart 33-8 at Gatward Park, Korovou.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Nadroga rugby team manager Apakuki Tuitavua said they are leaving no stones unturned in their preparation.

The Stallions are wary of the Reverend Jioji Rinakama-coached side who had beaten them during the first round of competition.

“This is a very crucial match for us,” said Tuitavua.

“We look forward to play Naitasiri on Saturday and we are preparing well for it. It’s a serious match for us as it’s the semifinal time. We look at it as the final of the Skipper Cup as we want to defend our title since it has been with us for some seasons now.”

He said the 2016 Skipper Cup season had been a great one with interesting challenges from other teams and recently there were changes in the points table which resulted in a very interesting line-up towards the final round.

“We won’t drop our guard and it is not the end of us being defending champions,” he said.

Tuitavua said they want to play Suva in the final of the Skipper Cup.

“Our aim is to face Suva, but the boys know the task to be carried out this week. Playing at home should work in our favour.  We have call out to the vanua to support the team and we expect a tough encounter,” he said.

The Stallions are expected to feature the same line-up against Northland with their forwards being led by Nemani Nagusa, Setefano Somoca, skipper Sekonaia Kalou, Timoci Sauvoli, and Eremasi Radrodro as they are to set the platform alight.

In the backline sees the return of national sevens playmaker Alivereti Veitokani who will spearhead their moves and backed by seasoned campaigners like   Joeli Lutumailagi, Ifereimi Tovilelevu, and Jonetani Ralulu. The match kicks off at 3pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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