Nadroga wary of Naitasiri pack

Members of the Naitasiri rugby team during their training session at Bidesi Grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Tuesday, July 03, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Nadroga rugby team knows what to expect from Naitasiri when the two teams go head to head on Saturday in Skipper Cup semi-final.

Nadroga has been the defending champions for the past few years and will try to maintain its supremacy again this year.

Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu said it would be a different ball game, “We know Naitasiri has always been a tough opponent, especially at this stage,” he said.

“They will come strongly at us, but we are preparing well. “We want to keep the Skipper Cup with us. We have a combination of experienced and new players in the squad and they will be competing for a spot in the team for the semi-final.”

Meanwhile, Naitasiri rugby team head coach Koli Sewabu said Nadroga had been defending the title for some time now and they knew how important it was to defend it.

“It’s going to be a strong game after we pushed them to the wire during the pool stages at Ratu Cakobau Park,” the former Flying Fijian said.

“This time we want to go a step closer and hopefully come out victors. Nadroga has been a consistent performer for past few years and they know what it is like to play in a high pressured environment.”

Nadroga will play Naitasiri on Saturday, 3pm at Prince Charles Park in Nadi and the U20 match between Nadroga and Nadi will be played at 1pm while the women’s match between Malolo and Namosi will be held at 11.30am.

In another semi-final at Ratu Cakobau Park, Suva is billed against Namosi at 3pm, the U20 battle between Suva and Namosi at 1pm and in the women’s category Suva meets Nadi at 11.30am.