Analysis: City Teams Show Force

Suva undeniably won it outright in the 37-12 demolition of Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy champions Namosi.
10 Sep 2020 14:02
Analysis: City Teams Show Force
(sev- Tailevu Rugby number 9, Simione Kuruvoli (left) during training in Nausori on September 9, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

City teams Suva and Lautoka proved that they are a force to reckon with as the second cluster of the Skipper Cup Premiership competition kicks off this Saturday.

They are the form teams after the completion of the first cluster (seven rounds) at the weekend.

Suva undeniably won it outright in the 37-12 demolition of Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy champions Namosi.

The capital city showed it has so much firepower in reserve. And the potent mix of experienced heads and enterprising young bloods make the future look bright for NOQU Suva. With a show of power, force, skills and flair, they took Namosi apart although the Asaeli Boko-coached side tried to stay in the game until the end.

Avenging 1st round loss

Suva led 13-8 before Nadroga was awarded the penalty try to lose 13- 15 in the first round. On Saturday, it would be an opportunity to avenge the defeat and avoid the Stallions of bolting away at the death. The Laucala showdown will be the clash of table leaders, with Nadroga on 25 points and Suva on 24.

Suva’s second loss (7-11) was against Lautoka in round six and the Maroons showed much maturity and composure in seven rounds of rugby.

Maroons mature

Kasavu, Naitasiri native Waisea Luveniyali seems to unite the Lautoka rugby fraternity for the cause and has been directing play remarkably from No.10.

The Maroons have the chance to avenge the first round loss (11- 29) to Naitasiri when they host the Highlanders to consolidate their top five spot in the standings.

Bottom 3 avoid drop

The bottom three teams Nadi (13pts), Tailevu (9) and Yasawa (6) must battle extra hard to avoid the drop zone and stay in the fight in 2021.

Yasawa must start with a hiss and a roar and earn their first Skipper Cup win against Nadi at Prince Charles Park.

Likewise, Tailevu must buck the losing trend and upset Namosi at Ratu Cakobau Park. There had been so many wake-up calls for the team and it’s time for Tailevu to push it to the limit and score their first win. It’s the way forward.



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