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No Room For Thugs

Rugby is for the brave, not the violent, Thomson Park fast becoming a red zone
27 Jul 2020 16:32
No Room For Thugs
Skipper Cup action between Nadroga and Suva on July 25, 2020, at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Nadroga won 15-13. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Analysis:

There is no place in rugby for thugs and shame on the Namosi players who continues to employ the laws of the jungle in provincial competitions.

No one seems to take notice as we’ve been highlighting over the years that Thomson Park in Navua is becoming a red zone for rugby.

Unfortunately, the trend continues in the first round of the Skipper Cup Premiership competition over the weekend and authorities must clamp down and nip the problem in the bud NOW to prevent it from recurring.

Three red cards to Namosi and one to Tailevu shows Thomson Park is becoming a hotbed for thugs who shows no cause for rugby laws and order.

Whether the match officials are so soft or whatever the cause may be, the Fiji Rugby Union should lay down the marker and tell Namosi officials to come down hard on the players who not only bring disrepute to the game, but to the Tui Namosi and his people who unfortunately have their province in the spotlight, definitely not of their wanting, for the very wrong reasons.

The sponsors and the FRU have gone to great length in putting together a competition to breed national reps for the future only for the effort to be dented by a few hotheads.

Rugby is physical and put players to test in demanding circumstances and only for the brave who control their aggression, keep their cool and play by the rules who will end up victors in the end,

Close call at Lawaqa

Suva fans must have vented their anger on the referee who awarded a penalty try in the dying stages of the double-header for Nadroga to win the Skipper Cup Premiership and the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy silverware.

No matter what, the referee will always be the sole arbiter of fact and better luck next time for the loser and kudos must go Nadroga for absorbing the pressure and unleashing towards the end winning at the death 15-13

The Stallions must have shaken off the cobwebs by now as they prepare round two by hosting Namosi in a double-header at Lawaqa Park.

Coach Esala Nauga would definitely call for an attitude shift from the Stallions after the close call.

Likewise Namosi Rugby president Tui Saladoka has openly declared that they can’t afford a repeat of last weekend and must fix their indiscipline to stand against any chance against Nadroga.

Tailevu-Lautoka

The side had a rude awakening at Thomson Park and must lift their game in round two.

Tailevu faced a 13-player Namosi

in 57 minutes and 12 in three minutes and didn’t capitalise on the shortfall returning home with two penalties in the 6-19 loss.

The battle of the newly promoted at Churchill Park between Tailevu and Lautoka should be exciting.

The Maroons put up gallant fight throughout before going down 11-29 to a fired up Naitasiri.

Naitasiri v Nadi

This should be the feature match of round two.  Naitasiri fans are in for another treat after Sireli Kaloucava-captained side was the only side which scored a bonus win in round one.

As usual the forwards laid the platform with strong defence and first five-eighth Tuidraki Samusamuvodre controlling and varying play with precision and ease.

Nadi stood the test before beating Yasawa but they need to lift their game as the Highlanders would be hard to crack at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on Saturday.

The Highlanders could play in a double-header next week provided Namosi beat Nadroga this Saturday.

Suva v Yasawa

It’s time for Suva to let bygones be bygones and start again against Yasawa at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Suva put a gallant effort only to lose by a whisker in  a winner take all at Lawaqa.

And while we look forward to another exciting weekend of rugby, let’s hope round two on Saturday will be RED FREE.

Five reds cards (3 Namosi, 1 Tailevu, 1 Yasawa) in the round is simply out of order.

Players need to play by the rules, keep it clean for all to enjoy.

Results

Naitasiri 29-11 Lautoka, Nadroga 15-13 Suva, Nadi 17-7 Yasawa, Namosi 19-6 Tailevu.

Fixtures

Saturday: Naitasiri-Nadi, Suva-Yasawa, Lautoka-Tailevu, Nadroga –Namosi.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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