Manager Tells Why Kurisaru Is At No.10

The senior men’s final kicks off at 6pm.
14 Nov 2020 11:04
Manager Tells Why Kurisaru Is At No.10
Ram Sami Suva first five eight Ratu Meli Kurisaru will be the general for the capital side when they take on Naitasiri in today’s Skipper Cup final at the ANZ Stadium. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A lot is resting on the shoulders of Ram Sami sponsored- Suva first five eight Meli Kurisaru in tonight’s Skipper Cup final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Suva team manager Nemani Tuifagalele said Kurisaru provides the spark in their backline, which often resulted in many of their victories.

“He’ll be the player to watch tomorrow night,” Tuifagalele said.

The Capital City side are banking on his experience to orchestrate their moves. “Kurisaru is an old general, an articulator, reads the game well and can spark anywhere he wants to,” Tuifagalele said.

“We will change the halfback and first five eight combination this week. We’ve brought in Leone Nawai to start at halfback while at the bench Terio Tamani will partner Jone Manu.”

Tuifagalele said they were blessed to have a lot of talented players like Kurisaru whom we knew as a good tactical kicker, attacker and tackler.

“He has been around for a while so his game have really matured and that maturity matters the most,” he said.

“Meli adds depth and of course experience in the team so it is going to be interesting how he maneuvers the final.”

Meanwhile, veteran Suva hooker Isireli Ledua has decided to retire from playing rugby after tonight’s final.

“I’ve decided to end my season this year and continue with work, I’ve got other plans for my family as well,” he said.

“Coaching is something that I have in mind. I have had a word with Koli Sewabu so we will see what will happen after the season.”

Tuifagalele said the team had been working hard on their tight five ahead of the final.

“Preparation is well, morale is high in the Suva camp and the boys are aware of the expectation,” he said.

“Our motto for the week, is to do the little things right and we’re working well with our tight five. Our loosies are hungry and we expect the backline to show what they are known for.”

However, Tuifagalele said that they always respect the Naitasiri side.

The senior men’s final kicks off at 6pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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