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Big Test For Jets: Tamata

This Saturday’s double-header should be a real test for defending INKK FRU Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy champions Jack’s Nadi. And the Jets need to play by the rules in the second round
13 Apr 2021 10:15
Big Test For Jets: Tamata
HIGHLANDERS PRIMED FOR BATTLE...Naitasiri rugby players from left Filimoni Waqainabete,Sireli Kaloucava (captain) and Anasa Qaranivalu at the Naval Base in Suva on April 12,2021.Photo: Leon Lord

This Saturday’s double-header should be a real test for defending INKK FRU Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy champions Jack’s Nadi.

And the Jets need to play by the rules in the second round of the Skipper Provincial Cup otherwise they will pay dearly for it against Naitasiri at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on Saturday.

Jeff Tamata, Nadi Rugby treasurer, sounded the warning as the provincial rugby giants primed for a crackerjack after scoring bonus wins in round one.

Tamata said the Highlanders would test the Jets to the limit and they must play a more disciplined game and play to plan.

In the 25-15 win over Rewa last weekend, Jets captain Ron Katonivere was yellow carded in the 30th minute and substitute (prop) Joseph Koroivueta followed suit in the 75th .

“We can’t afford that and there are areas we need to work on and rectify before the big one against Naitasiri,”Tamata said.

“There were a lot of indiscipline issues and players have to play to plan.”

“We just have to stick to our game pattern devised by our coaching panel and this was evident in the first half against Rewa.”

He thanked the players and management for the job well done but warned the team would be tested to the tilt and can’t afford to break.

Nadi Rugby sponsorship chairman Sekove Tuilakeba said the win over Rewa had set the pace.

“That’s what we needed but Naitasiri is a different beast, a formidable side. They are technically a sound team when on the roll,” he said.

He added Naitasiri’s a vanua –based side and they will definitely have a fans following.

“We took Rewa lightly and we need old heads to stay cool when push comes to shove against Naitasiri,” he said.

He thanked their sponsors Jacks Fiji, McDonalds Fiji, Red Brick Laundry, Radisson BLU, Wyndham Resort and Aqua Pacific.

“These companies are holding the fort when times are hard in Nadi,” he said.

The Highlanders won their first Farebrother Trophy in 1998.

In 2009 Naitasiri won the coveted silverware from Nadi with a 37-21 victory at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

In 2019, under the guidance of Ponijese Lutuciri, Nadi defeated Naitasiri 14 – 10 at Nausori to bring the trophy to Nadi.


Little Things Right: Tuisese
Meanwhile Naitasiri head coach Dr. Ilaitia Tuisese Junior has stressed his young brigade to maintain their discipline heading into this week’s double header.

“It’s the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge and we have to maintain our discipline if we are to win the match,” he said.

“Last week we had a few indiscipline cases but that has been rectified heading into this weeks crunch match against Nadi.”

“ We are going in as underdogs against a very experienced Nadi side that looks good on paper and on the field.”

“ Heading into this weekend’s game we will have to give our 100 per cent on the field and it starts here in training where we do the little things right.”

“ If we do the little things right we will give Nadi a good game.”

“It’s all about taking our chances in the game and the boys have to remain focused and patience for tries to come.”

“ We urge our fans to come out in numbers and support our boys as we head for battle at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park this Saturday.”


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