Super Rugby

Remember Fans, Families And Vanua, Naitasiri Players Told

Again when you put on that jersey you’re going to bleed, cry and have that never say die attitude
07 Nov 2020 10:53
Remember Fans, Families And Vanua, Naitasiri Players Told
Naitasiri captain Sireli Kaloucava (passing ball) during training on November 5, 2020, at Nausori's Ratu Cakobau Park. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Remember your families, fans and the people of Naitasiri when you put on that jersey on Saturday, were the words of Naitasiri rugby manager Maciu Koroiniqaqa.

The Highlanders take on Nadroga in to­day’s Skipper Cup semifinal clash at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

Koroniqaqa’s words were reiterated by senior players of Seremaia Naureure, Joeli Veitayaki, Kini Douglas and captain, Sireli Kaloucava reminding their players the importance of today’s encounter.

The Ilaitia Tuisese Jnr-coached side un­derstand that the Stallions will be out to avenge their two losses this season and win where it matters most.

“It’s now or never for us,” Koroiniqaqa said.

“If you put on that jersey remember you are playing for the people of Naitasiri and your family. Again, when you put on that jersey remember you’re going to bleed, cry and have that never say die attitude.

“Many players have come before you, some have passed away, and many more are waiting for their chance in the future. So, play for them show the former and fu­ture players that Naitasiri rugby is one of the powerhouse teams in the country.

“Always think about our fans and fam­ilies who always there supporting us wherever we play so make this game count.”

The Naitasiri players were also told of former players who took the team to top of Fiji Rugby. Players like Ratu Waisake Tuisese, Rokini Kiliraki, Luca Goneqali,

Ratu Emori Tuisese, Sailosi Naiteqe Jnr, Asaeli Naiteqe, Maseikula Gaunavou, Akuila Tuinasau, Tokoni Luvu, Kali Sew­abu, Senirusi Seruvakula, Mosese Luve­itasau, Kameli Tilalati, Nasoni Roko and the list goes on.

Meanwhile, after a team bonding ses­sion during Fiji Day, the team got to ex­perience life in the highlands and the challenges their fans undergo to be at the park to support them throughout the Skipper Cup season.

“We have seen and experienced it all how our fans and families who take two to three hours to come watch us,” Kalou­cava said.

“I urge you to please think of them, they have been loyal fans and remem­ber those who came from the West and those overseas. Die for your family, fans and the province of Naitasiri when you get into that pitch.”

Naitasiri head coach Tuisese said the team needed to execute their game plan rig ht.

“We have to be very strategic against a side like Nadroga, we know they will come well prepared,” he said.

“It’s the little things that matter set pieces, positioning to name a few we have to do it right. I have reminded the boys to forget our two wins in the Skip­per rounds and focus on the one that matters which one. We respect Nadroga because they are a champion side and a powerhouse in Fiji.”

“They have stopped us twice, but we will try and play well today so we can turn the table around.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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