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Nasove To Make Every Tackle Count Against Chiefs

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua openside flanker Rusiate Nasove has spent a fair bit of time focusing on his strength.
28 May 2022 11:10
Nasove To Make Every Tackle Count Against Chiefs
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua openside flanker Rusiate Nasove.

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua openside flanker Rusiate Nasove has spent a fair bit of time focusing on his strength.

That initiative gave the 26-year-old the opportunity to start against the Chiefs, this afternoon.

His job is stop Chiefs first five eighth Bryn Gatland who is a contender for the All Blacks No.10 jersey.

The robust Nadroga flanker was among the seven Fijian players named in the British Barbarians side to play England for the Quilter Cup at Twickenham in 2020.

On his return he pursued for a spot in Gareth Baber’s squad to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

During his time with the national 7s squad coach Baber indicated some areas that he has to improve on.

According to Nasove he was dropped by Baber because he needed to improve on his defence.

“The news challenged me to work on my defence and I made a vow that I will not miss any tackles,” he said.

“Sometimes comments as such motivate you to become better and sharper in every game.

“All I need to do now is to double the effort and practice my tackling to improve my defence.”

In an interview with Rugby Site, the world’s best openside flanker Richie McCaw said that players need to focus on their strength.

“It is important for rugby players to spend time focusing on their strengths and not getting lost in their perceived weaknesses,” he said.

“The four key skills of a loose forward; tackling, clearing out rucks, putting pressure on the opposition breakdown and running with the ball.”

The same concept must have been the process that hard running Nasove went through to play in one of the toughest club rugby competition in the world.

He took in all those lessons and turned his game around only to find an opportunity with the Drua side.

He has improved on his tackles, runs hard at the line, ruthless in defence, carries hard and dominates the breakdowns when given a chance.

Nasove has appeared four times for the Fijian Drua side in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Today, in his fifth Super Rugby appearance he gets to start against the Chief.

Nothing is more special for him to play in the Western side of Fiji in front of his family and friends.



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