Analysis

Skipper Fans Turn It On, Give Them Space

After three lively rounds which were thoroughly enjoyed by fans, the competition is building up for another exciting weekend of rugby.
12 Aug 2020 12:24
Skipper Fans Turn It On, Give Them Space
Rugby fans watching Namosi-Naitasiri double header from tree and roof tops at Thomson Park, Navua on August 8,2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

They make it happen and let’s provide more for fans as round four of the Skipper Cup Premiership competition gears up for another big Rugby Saturday.

After three lively rounds which were thoroughly enjoyed by fans, the competition is building up for another exciting weekend of rugby.

While teams from around the world are playing in empty stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Skipper Cup Premiership fans were willing to spend a few dollars more to be there for their teams in three centres around Viti Levu.

And they had to be stopped at the gates due to the COVID-19 protocols at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, Prince Charles Park, Nadi, and Thomson Park, Navua.

In Navua, fans ended up watching the game from rooftops and treetops due to space limitations at Thomson Park. This is why organisers should always provide space for fans to watch the game with comfort and simultaneously observing the social distancing protocols. This was not the case at Thomson Park and we applaud the Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua for leading the call for the double-header against Lautoka to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, next week.

This is a win-win situation for all and should always be the case.

We are thankful that the games this Saturday would be in held in venues perfect for rugby and Skipper Cup fans should be there again to turn it on.

Namosi leads race

Namosi remains the team to beat, undefeated after three rounds and Coach Asaeli Boko deserved the credit for unleashing a winning outfit so far. Yet to win a game, fledgling Yasawa needs to man up at Prince Charles Park, Nadi and buck the current trend to escape being on the drop zone towards the end.

Nadroga prep for Naitasiri

This should be the feature match of the round. Both have lost the Farebrother –Sullivan Trophy challenges but both have a chance to win the Skipper Cup Premiership provided they reach the final on November 7. Both are on 10 points and the battle to be in the top four will be at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on Saturday.

Tailevu vs Suva

Tailevu must up their game when they host Suva at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. And for this they must do the basics right first. They can work on their phase play once they get their set piece right.

That’s how they got the rude awakening after being thrashed 3-33 last week by Nadroga. Suva played a good game against Nadi last week with Enele Malele scoring a double.

Lautoka-Nadi

The Maroons have the chance to score their second win when it hosts Nadi at Prince Charles Park, Lautoka on Friday. Both have big games to look forward to next week against Namosi and Nadroga.

Fans can now look forward to another round of exciting rugby actions on Saturday.

Edited by Maika Bolatiki

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