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Nadi Adopts New Tactic

Jack’s Nadi will play innovative and smart rugby when they face Naitasiri in the 2022 Skipper Cup final tomorrow at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.
29 Jul 2022 12:44
Nadi Adopts New Tactic
Nadroga Rugby director Frank Boivert believes Naitasiri’s Etonia Rokotuisawa will be a “killer” if Jack’s Nadi lacks discipline on the field. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Jack’s Nadi will play innovative and smart rugby when they face Naitasiri in the 2022 Skipper Cup final tomorrow at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

This is not their first encounter on the rugby field. Nadi had wrestled the much sought after Inkk Farebrother Trophy 14-12 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, early last month.

“As you move up in terms of levels, you have to get smarter, you have to be innovative and that’s what we have been working on these past days,” Nadi assistant coach Cohan Politini said.

Politini said they have been working with their playmakers to perfect specific areas.

Nadi has been riding high from their close 20-19 victory in last Saturday’s semifinal against Suva while the hillmen will regroup to at least keep one of Fiji Rugby’s reputable trophies in Naluwai af­ter losing the Farebrother Trophy to Nadi.

Nadi is banking on Fijian Drua and national sev­ens Olympian Kitione Taliga, who is known for his creativity and deception.

Taliga has been a saviour for Nadi, with his mag­ic boots and evasive moves.

“Our playmakers have stepped up towards the end of the semifinal game and we are using the wide channel to get into it,” Politini said.

Taliga, who plays Super Rugby for the Fijian Drua, is tipped to start in the final. Naitasiri is ex­pected to field lock forward Chris Minimbi, who is also a Fijian Drua rep.

Leading up to the end of the rugby season, Poli­tini said they were prepared to take on either Naitasiri or Nadroga in the final.

“Well, both teams are the best in the country and are good in the scrums. We’ve been looking at ways of containing Naitasiri in the scrum,” he said.

The gritty Nadi forwards played with a lot of guts as they held the heavier Suva pack.

“That was progress for us,” he added.

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