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Skipper Cup: Stallions Will Hit Back Say Nadroga Rugby President

“Losing might be abnormal to those who don’t follow rugby that closely but it is normal to us how things have worked throughout the years.
08 May 2019 16:57
Skipper Cup: Stallions Will Hit Back Say Nadroga Rugby President
Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu receiving his Administrator of the Year award from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara at the FIji Rugby Awards night

Despite suffering two big losses in the Skipper Cup Premier, the Nadroga rugby side have re­grouped and will be coming out firing, says a senior official

Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu said yesterday that they have accepted the two losses and are regrouping for the next five games.

“Actually we understand that we played two games with two losses,” he said.

“This is not the first time we have lost two games. Once we lost three games in a row but we ended up winning the Skipper Cup.

“Looking back the history of Nadroga rugby, this is a transition phase. We came through these phases in 2007 and 2008.

“We have this similar phase in 2017, 2018 and now 2019. There is always a recession and a recovery to every aspect of life.

“We lost the Farebrother in 2017 and we tried to get it back in 2018 but we are working towards that in 2019. We are in our recovery phase,” added the former Fly­ing Fijians prop.

“Losing might be abnormal to those who don’t follow rugby that closely but it is normal to us how things have worked throughout the years.

“We have accepted these loses and we have realised our mistakes and it’s time for us to regroup ourselves for the next five games.

“We need four wins or three that can qualify us to the next phase.

“We have lost in the first two runs and we are work­ing towards the remaining five games. If we win that will be a bonus to us.”

Matawalu said the Nadroga franchise competition has been a regulation to counter the high turnover of players who have moved across to Suva, Namosi and Naitasiri because of work.

He said that Nadroga have the highest turnover of players in the country as they take on Northland at Gatward Park, Korovou on Saturday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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