Rugby League

Youngster Told To Play Leadership Role

Costin added the team’s preparations is based around teamwork that would be crucial heading into the most important games of the players’ careers.
06 Oct 2019 14:35
Youngster Told To Play Leadership Role
Fijian Prime Minister’s XIII players with Penioni Tagituimua (standing from left) at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Young Nadera Panthers halfback Penioni Tagituimua is one of the upcoming leaders in the Fijian Prime Minister’s XIII rugby league team, says head coach Brandon Costin.

The 21-year-old made his international debut for the Vodafone Fijian Bati side during the 2019 Pacific Test against Lebanon in Sydney, Australia.

He was also instrumental in the Fijian rugby league side that won gold at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Costin has rated the leadership qualities of the youngster during the team’s training sessions at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba.

“Really the positions of one, six, seven and nine- our halves and playmakers who can lead from the front with passion and pride,” he said.

“The person there that needs to take the greatest responsibility is Penioni Tagituimua.

“He is a current Bati player and his going to step up and start to lead the team around just with some simple direction.

“The session today has been the e t it to the edges I believe we will be able to put some pressure on the opposition.”

Costin added the team’s preparations is based around teamwork that would be crucial heading into the most important games of the players’ careers.

“We are just trying to build a good team that knows that they are in a David versus Goliath battle next week.

“Getting the team together is very important and team bonding has been an enjoyable experience.

“Obviously we have devotions in the morning and evening where every player gets to lead and at the same time it also gives them the opportunity to practice leadership which they will otherwise get.

“Preparations has been well so far, taking into consideration that we are playing the number one rugby league playing nation in the world.”

Costin believes the rules of the match can be a game changer during the game next week.

“They have picked a very strong side, they are going to be very fit.

“Some things that will work to our advantage is the rules of the PM’s XIII game is that, there is an unlimited interchange,” he said.

“So we can use many of our reserves and substitutes because they can go on and off the field as much as possible.

“That should help us stay in the contest longer because we won’t get fatigue.

“There’s 18 players there and we got some very good players in the middle so that is what we are going to need.”

Meanwhile, veteran prop Osea Sadrau was not at training due to a death in the family.

Edited by  Leone  Cabenatabua

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