Farebrother Challenge

Play Smart, Hit Them Hard: Neivalu

The Jets were the first team to end Namosi’s unbeaten run in the 2020 Skipper Cup Premiership with a 29-12 victory at Prince Charles Park, Nadi in August.
21 Oct 2020 12:46
Play Smart, Hit Them Hard: Neivalu
Noa Neivalu.

A former Nadi Rugby Union official Noa Neivalu believes the Ilai Derenalagi-coached side has what it takes to win the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy on Saturday.

And he reminded the Jets to play smart, tackle hard and make current champions Namosi feel it in the showdown in Suva.

Union secretary for four years and team manager for three years, Neivalu knew what it meant to challenge the coveted silverware for the team from vanua Navatulevu.

The Jets were the first team to end Namosi’s unbeaten run in the 2020 Skipper Cup Premiership with a 29-12 victory at Prince Charles Park, Nadi in August.

“I believe the Jets have what it takes to bring that Cup down to the western division on Saturday. We’ve the players that can do the job,” the Nadi teacher said.

He said onus was on the coaching staff to choose the right players.

Last week, the Jets threw away a 12-3 led at halftime to lose 12-17 to Nadroga after two players were yellow carded in the last quarter.

“We’ve the mix of experienced and young blood and it’s just a matter of choosing the right mix.

“I applauded the coach and the management staff for their tireless work so far. All players need to switch on and bring the Farebrother back to Nadi.

“Making wise decisions is crucial at all times during the 80 minutes. Fix our scrums, lineouts and set pieces. Namosi need to feel our hits. Tackles must be solid and sure.”

He also thanked the Cevu Nadi Association for their support in buying boots, canvas, toiletries, food for the players.

“That is how passionate we are for our Nadi team. Wishing them the very best this week.”

Last year, the Ponijese Lutuciri-coached side won the Farebrother from holders Naitasiri where current winger Amenio Naseyara scored a double.

A week later Nadi lost the trophy to Nadroga, who then lost it to Namosi in the second challenge.

Edited by Osea Bola 



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