ARMY will bank on the speed of its young side when it takes on Navy in the final of the Fiji Bitter Escott Shield.
The two security forces teams clash in what is expected to be a tough and gruelling battle at Albert Park this afternoon.
Army surprised the 2012 Fiji Bitter Escott Shield competition when they upset Police in the semi-finals last week.
While the win was a surprise to rugby fans in the capital, Army team manager Major Eroni Bale said they had set their sights on winning the title after making the play-offs.
Major Bale said the road to the final was not easy for them.
Major Bale said after the decision was made to move some of their players to the Tailevu and Naitasiri rugby competition, they had to quickly put together a team just to fill up their spot in the Suva rugby competition.
"All our experienced players had left the team and we had to start again from scratch," Major Bale said.
"Most players who joined the team had just come out of school and more than 90 per cent were playing in their first premier rugby level competition.
"Our coaches worked hard with this team throughout the year and their game improved as the Fiji Bitter Escott Shield competition progressed.
"When we made the play offs we had a meeting where it was decided that we should target winning the title this year," Major Bale said.
"We are now in the final and we're just one game away from achieving our mission.
"The boys have been told what they need to do in the final and we believe they will not let us down."
Major Bale said while Navy would have the upper hand in terms of experience and weight upfront, they would rely on their fitness and a well organised game-plan to upset the defending champions.