Skipper Cup

Suva And Naitasiri Keeping Farebrother Spirit Alive

Both teams have lost out challenging for the coveted silverware and they have agreed on request to play a day early to keep the spirit of Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy alive.
19 Aug 2020 15:09
Suva And Naitasiri Keeping Farebrother Spirit Alive
Suva hooker Sireli Ledua scores atry against Yasawa at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on August 1, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga Photo: Karalaini Waqanidrola

Analysis:

Rugby’s a winner even before the Skipper Cup Premiership kicks off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Friday and Saturday.

And we must credit those who make it happen. In this case provincial rugby giants Suva and Naitasiri for having the goodwill to allow the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy champion Namosi to host Lautoka at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

The two sides will now play their round five match-ups at 6 pm on Friday.

Both teams have lost out challenging for the coveted silverware and they have agreed on request to play a day early to keep the spirit of Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy alive.

Both teams command a good fan base and the diehards will turn up to watch the rugby spectacle under floodlights for a change at Laucala.

Rugby prized possession should not be played in isolation but out in the open for the world to see. We have the venues around the country to host provincial match-up of such stature and not relegated it to be played in parks and substandard venues.

Gone are days when Naitasiri used to host the challenge up in the interior at Naluwai-Highlanders new realm is Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

And gone are the days when we used to put sacks around Albert Park for similar occasion-Noqu Suva new home is the ANZ Stadium.

Both are of international standard and hosted big games in the past and we should make full use if the game is to progress.

Saturday’s showdown should be a spectacle to watch if their performance in round four is anything to by.

Namosi escapes by a whisker winning 31-30 over fledgling Yasawa while Lautoka edged out Nadi 22-20 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

And the Maroons are eager to pounce on a once-in-year opportunity to challenge for the coveted prize.

Lautoka Rugby Union secretary Tevita Sauqaqa has praised Tui Namosi for leading the call for the match to be played away from Thomson Park, Navua.

Sauqaqa said: “It is very important for the safety of the fans which is paramount. Social distancing is mandatory and we thank Tui Namosi for backing the move to a world class professional pitch.  We will do our best, nothing less.”

Managing Manpower

With 10 rounds to go in the Skipper Cup comp, it’s important that the coaching staff test their depth in the squad to manage the players week in, week out.

It’s evident that players are fatigued resulting in the teams losing consistency on a weekly basis.

Naitasiri head coach Ilaitia Tuisese Junior continues to play it smart rotating players.  This was evident in the game against Nadroga last week when he rested key players and trusted his young guns and they did the job-winning 9-6 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

Suva has a pool of talented players to choose from and the Friday night showdown should be feature match of the round and should not be missed.

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj



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