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Naitasiri will blood two new players against Nadroga in the feature round of the Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, at 7pm tonight. Coach Koli Sewabu said Epi Cokanasiga
26 May 2017 11:00
It’s On Tonight
Naitasiri team scrum half Frank Lomani delivers during the team's training session at Navuso Primary School ground. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Naitasiri will blood two new players against Nadroga in the feature round of the Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, at 7pm tonight.

Coach Koli Sewabu said Epi Cokanasiga and Seremaia Vakarau will play for the unbeaten Highlanders against the Stallions.

“We have been including new players in our games each week as part of our development programme,” Sewabu said.

“Most of these new boys have come through our Under-20 team and we are trying expose them at this level.

“Including new boys in the team every week allows me to see the potential we have out there.

“Exposure is very important and this is our way of preparing the players for future games because in the Skipper Cup, we are up against top teams.

“I trust my players will do as expected of them on the field, the boys are excited to go out there and play.”

Being undefeated in the Skipper Cup so far, Sewabu said there is no pressure on them going up against the champions of rugby in the country.

“Preparation has been normal for us, we have not changed anything and just stuck to our normal routine,” he said.

“I think the pressure, however, will be on Nadroga as they are one of the most dominating teams in competition.

“It might be a bit nerve-wrecking for the boys to play against them, especially the new ones but they are looking forward to it.”

 

Namosi focus on discipline

Discipline will be the key factor that the Namosi team will be focusing on ahead of their clash with Macuata in the Skipper Cup on Saturday at Subrail Park, Labasa.

Coach Maxwell Hughes said the players need to remain calm as winger Asaeli Atunaisa and captain Asaeli Boko were sinned binned last week in their 30-7 thrashing by Suva.

“The one thing we have been working on is our mistakes that we made during our game against Suva last week,” Hughes said.

“Two players were shown the yellow card and that is not on.

“Our boys need to get everything right from the start, if they do the right thing on the field then they will not make any mistakes.

Going up against Macuata will be a tough game for Namosi as Hughes said playing in their home ground will not be easy.

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