Suva Have Depth: Nadro

“It is true they have some players de­parting due to work commitments but they have back-up and depth in their pool of reserves.”
08 Apr 2021 09:48
Suva Have Depth: Nadro
Seru Vaniqi (with ball) battles for possession during Tailevu team training at USP ground on April 7, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Esala Nauga-coached Nadro­ga side are wary of defending champions Skipper Cup Pre­miership champion Suva.

The provincial giants clash in the opening round at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

Nadroga team manager Semi Ca­benalotu said yesterday the Stallions needed to be at their utmost best.

He said the Nadroga rugby side have stepped up their training knowing that most of the Suva players have depart­ed for work commitments mostly in the disciplined forces. They are prop Penijamini Makutu, Paula Dranisi­nukula and centre John Stewart and the retirement of former captain Isire­li Ledua.

“Suva is Suva and they are a cham­pion for the last three years,” he said.

“It is true they have some players de­parting due to work commitments but they have back-up and depth in their pool of reserves.”

Reflecting on last season’s perfor­mance; fitness was something the Na­droga team lacked.

A former Stallions himself, Cabenalo­tu knows a win against Suva will boost and set the pace for the Stallions in the 2021 season.

Nadroga last won the Skipper Cup title in 2017. The Stallions take on the Ram Sami Suva side at 3pm.

Bai Giving Back To Tailevu

Former Flying Fijians pivot Seremaia Bai is ready to prove his worth as coach on provincial level.

Born and bred at Vunimono, Nausori started his playing career at Lelean Memorial School and played for Tai­levu, the Flying Fijians and top clubs like Leicester Tigers and Castres in Europe.

A Level Three accredited coach, Bai is ready to give back to his adopted province when Tailevu host Namosi at Nakelo District School ground on Sat­urday.

Bai has been involved in the develop­ment of young players for his Rugby Academy.

More recently his Eastern Saints made an impact in Super Sevens Series and a young Tailevu outfit should rep­resent the province this year.

Rewa Out To Spoil Party In Nadi

Rugby fans in Nadi want The Jets to keep the Farebrother–Sullivan Tro­phy for their sake. Rugby boosted the economy of the district whenever the coveted silverware was being played at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

But first the real test comes on Satur­day when they face an untested Rewa outfit who are already in Nadi acclima­tizing and primed for the occasion.

The change in training venue by Ro Alifereti Doviverata-coached side means Rugby Saturday in Nadi is re­ally serious business.


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