FORMER Suva and national rep Koli Rakoroi says the capital city boys have to be physically and mentally fit to deny Naitasiri the Farerbother-Sullivan Trophy this Saturday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Rakoroi, who featured for Suva from late 70s to early 90s, said Naitasiri was a good team and would come out firing to snatch the coveted trophy from them.
The Suva Rugby Union president said they needed to have an effective game plan to outclass the Highlanders which is the favourite in the clash.
"Naitasiri is a good team because they have great officials and players with them. When playing against a team like Naitasiri, we have to be fit enough and players need to stick to the game plan," Rakoroi said.
"If we can do these things against them, then we can overcome them."
Rakoroi said he won the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy twice during his playing days with Suva.
He said while nothing much had changed in the feeling of winning the trophy, the way to get that glory had become more challenging.
"The game is more professional now. Sponsorship plays an important role in playing the winning rugby," Rakoroi said.