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Warriors coach: How we made it   

“I believe that’s what gave us the win. I knew that we were going to bounce back in the final because we had the potential and the talent.
10 Apr 2021 13:33
Warriors coach: How we made it   
Digicel Suva Warriors players and officials celebrate their win at Albert Park, Suva on April 9, 2021 . Photo: Leon Lord

Refocusing and analysing performance were the key components for the Digicel Suva Warriors when they defended the Easter Cricket Championship at Albert Park, Suva, yesterday.

The Warriors had to dig deep after they lost twice during the pool stages of the tournament.

They bounced back to beat FMF Suva Crusaders by 38 runs.

Speaking to SUNsports, Warriors coach Taniela Naulivou said he reminded the players on the importance of consistency.

“Our early defeats to Moce and Ono-i-Lau was a wake-up call for us,” he said.

“After analysing that game, the coaching staff found out that we lost momentum and concentration.

“We also had discussions on the need to refocus on the things that we want to achieve in the local competition.

“We knew that the Crusaders team were going to bat first so we worked our way around their game plan.”

Naulivou said Crusaders were a good side but they had to be tactical and smart throughout the game.

“I believe that’s what gave us the win. I knew that we were going to bounce back in the final because we had the potential and the talent.

“The players knew that after that early defeats they had to step-up and perform well during the competition.

“I kept reminding the team that we had to show the fans that we are the champions in Fiji.”

Naulivou has set his sights in building-up the team ahead of future competition.

“The final was like the Ratu Sukuna Bowl because we had the Police cricket players with us and the Crusaders had the Army players,” he said.

“My plan now is to remain with this team and help in developing these young players.

“They are very talented so I will have to nurture and help them grow.”

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