Skipper Cup

Skipper Cup: Stallions Wary Of Maroons

Nadroga eye top 3 spot as they target a home Skipper Cup semifinal and final
04 Sep 2020 10:00
Skipper Cup: Stallions Wary Of Maroons
Almost there… Fiji Airways Fijian 7s training forward Suliano Volivoli trains with the team at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on September 1, 2020. Volivoli is hoping to make his Skipper Cup debut with Suva. He has been playing well for Police Blue in the Suva Rugby Union club competition. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Nadroga rugby team are not underestimating Lautoka after they beat defending Skipper Cup champions Suva.

The Stallions travel to Churchill Park, Lautoka for tomorrow’s encounter.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Nadroga rugby manager Semi Cabenalotu said, Lautoka are on a high after wins over Nadi and Suva.

They also took Namosi to the wire in the double-header clash before bowing out 15-9. The Maroons had to play with 14-men for most of the match after one of their players got red-carded.

“We’ve seen their capabilities, the Lautoka rugby team have a very good forward pack,” he said.

“Lautoka has everything a team needs in order to win a rugby match. They have the built, mobility and mental approach to outclass any team.”

Cabenalotu said it was important for them to work hard and try to improve on areas that were exploited by the Yasawa side.

“For Nadroga we have to work hard on our defence in order to contain those bigger and muscular Maroons outfit,” he said.

“We need to work hard on our set pieces, which are lineouts and scrums.

“The players are working hard to adapt to our new game pattern and the structure of our forward play.”

Cabenalotu reiterated that they must come prepared.

“We’ll have to be sharp and play 80 minutes rugby if we are to beat Lautoka and the boys know that. “Last week we introduced five new players which is a good investment for us moving forward.

“We hope to introduce some changes this Saturday and give new players the opportunity to play.

“Also I believe there will be some changes to counter the way Lautoka plays.”

Cabenalotu said the Lautoka clash was important in terms of them moving forward.

“A win against a very good Lautoka side is important for us. This is the last game of round one and it’s good to see that we are already among the three top teams,” he said.

”Our plan is to remain there and don’t fall. The boys are working hard so that we stay within touch.

“It’s important to remain there because it makes it easier for us to secure a home semi-final and the final as well. So it’s all about proper planning and patience.”

Meanwhile, most members of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s training squad are likely to miss tomorrow’s Skipper Cup competition. This was after they had been in camp for the past two days.

It is understood that only Yasawa are likely to field their 7s players of Kalione Nasoko and Waisea Nacuqu while Napolioni Ratu is nursing a knee injury.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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