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Poised For A Final Showdown

Fans are anticipating a good game and expect the final to be jam-packed with Naitasiri and Suva fans.
13 Nov 2020 12:43
Poised For A Final Showdown
From left CJ Patel Group marketing manager Ashwin Prasad with Nadroga manager Semi Cabenalotu and the Skipper Cup. Photo: Ronald Kumar

In a year like no other, Saturday’s Skipper Cup Premiership final between QAQA Naitasiri and Ram Sami Suva at ANZ Stadium should be special and tough.

Both teams look set to put on a grand showdown when they clash at 6:30pm.

It will be special to the players as they look to stamp their mark and create their own legacy of winning the title when the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Players and coaches have had strict rules around their everyday movements such as restrictions on going to restaurants and pubs trying to adapt to the new norm.

On the eve of the grand final coaching staff from both sides would have conducted their last training run and ready for battle.

There have been significant sacrifices along the way throughout the 14 weeks of competition.

Fans are anticipating a good game and expect the final to be jam-packed with Naitasiri and Suva fans.

The question is will history repeat itself with defending Skipper Cup champions Suva going for a three-peat or Naitasiri ending their 10 years drought.

The Highlanders through the guidance of former Flying Fijians captain Ratu Ilaitia Tuisese (Senior) coached the Naitasiri team in 1999 to win both the Benson and Hedges and the Farebrother-Sullivan trophies.

And 21 years later, the onus is on his son Dr Ilaitia Tuisese (Junior) who is the current Naitasiri rugby head coach.

During the team’s last training session Tuisese Jnr reminded his young side of how important tomorrow’s final will be.

“There is no turning back for us we are going to play for our family, the province and the fans,” he said.

“You’re a young team so go out there and play hard so you can create your own legacy and history, a story to tell your future generation.”

Meanwhile, for defending champions Ram Sami Suva, the plan is to keep the title for the third time.

Suva manager Nemani Tuifagalele said the team would have to work hard if they are to successfully defend the Cup.

“We’ve done the hard work and now it is time to execute the plan,” he said.

“It is going to be a tough game so we’ve prepared very well for this one game.”

Suva are banking on veteran players like Sireli Ledua, Vesi Rarawa, Manasa Saulo, James Brown and John Stewart to boost their campaign.  

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

 

 



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