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Nothing To Lose, Have A Crack

Maciu Koroi promises nothing more than a crackerjack of a challenge in the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2016 The Northland team manager is confident the team will do the people
10 Sep 2016 09:55
Nothing To Lose, Have A Crack
Northland rugby team during training at the ATG ground yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Maciu Koroi promises nothing more than a crackerjack of a challenge in the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2016

The Northland team manager is confident the team will do the people of Tailevu proud when the dust settles at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today.

Defending champions BLK Nadroga have been poles apart from the rest in the last four challenges against Suva, Malolo, Namosi and Naitasiri.

And while rugby pundits may heavily favour the champions, Koroi said they have done the hard yards to give the Stallions a crack.

“We’ve nothing to lose but everything to gain,”Koroi said.

“We prepared for the last three weeks, played against BLK Naitasiri as we know we have mission to achieve.

“We represent the people of Tailevu and we aim to have a good crack at the Stallions.”

Under former coach Watisoni Ratulevu, Northland won the Farebrother 15-13 defeating Tailevu only to lose it Naitasiri a week later in 2008.

“We won it once and kept in for one week,”Koroi said.

Ever since it started in 2003, Northland has been playing without sponsors although Uprising Beach Resort and Tarumba assisted in cash and kind during its formative years.

The team has survived through the support of the vanua  (Verata, Wainibuka Sawakasa) and its ardent fans here and abroad.

Not forgetting the Republic of Fiji Military Forces for allowing the use of the Force Training Group facilities in Nasinu as their base.

The team continues to grow leaps and bounds through the able leadership of Ratu Timoci Vesikula and Simione Naiduki.

In 2016 Skipper Cup, Northland missed out on the semifinal but has a point to prove today.

Northland coach Timoci Tinaviti has named a strong lineup which included Ilimeleki Leiloma the Skipper Cup competition player of the year, Sireli Ledua, Jolame Bera, former Fiji Under-20 captain Simeli Naivaludua, Mesake Tuinamena and Savenaca Gaunaca.

The last time the two teams met was in round 11 of the Skipper Cup and Nadroga won 33-8 at Gatward Park in Korovou.

 

Northland: 1. Koroinamara Balawa, 2.Ledua  Sireli, 3. Sirisirivalu Sailosi, 4. Rokobaleni Benedito, 5.Vakaisilau Anasa, 6. Rokosuka Sikeli, 7. Leva Viliame (captain), 8. Bera Jolame, 9. Leiloma Ilimeleki, 10. Yavala Josua, 11. Nasedra Nasoni, 12. Turagaviu Sitiveni, 13. Tuinamena Mesake, 14. Canakaivata Petero, 15. Gaunaca  Savenaca.

 

BLK Nadroga:  1.Qativi Epeli 2. Navuma Ratunaisa, 3.Makutu Penijamini 4.Kalou Sekonaia 5.Tamaya Manoa 6. Nabaiki Etonia 7.  Mudu Vasikali 8 Nagusa Nemani 9.Rabici Rupeni 10. Ralulu Jonetani 11. Natoga Aisea 12. Vasiteri Eroni 13. Tovilevu Ifereimi 14.  Nabati Akariva 15. Veitokani Alivereti. Reserves 16. Leca Ilaisa 17. Sauvoli Timoci 18. Bure Alivereti 19. Dawai Sailosi 20.Kunavula Mesulame 21.Uluivuda Necani 22. Kurokavu Josese 23. Sisiwa Kilioni,

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