THE Sarafui Cricket side will be relying on the Rika brothers to inflict damage against their opponents in their semi-finals of the Suva Cricket Association competition this Saturday.
The Westpac-sponsored side, made up of mainly Rotumans, will be up against the defending champions of the competition, Army in a David versus Goliath battle.
This is the first time Sarafui has reached this stage of the competition since their revival in 2010 and team manager/player Alex Konrote said they would use it as a learning experience.
He said the match would be good exposure to the 14 teenagers that are part of their team.
"We have the Rika brothers, Colin and Joe, who are both training with the Fiji team for their tour of New Zealand next month," Konrote said.
"They know the team will be looking up to them in this game but at the same time all the senior players know that everyone's got to pull their weight to set examples for our development players," he said.
"Our opening batsman and captain, Petero Amoe, opening bowlers Jone Mua and Freddy Thomas all know what's required of them.
"For these boys it's more than just personal achievements — it's setting examples and leading the way for the 14 teenagers that we have in the squad."
He said Army would be a tough nut to crack because they had some national reps in the team but he looked forward to the challenge.
"Army are on the top of their game with huge wins in the pool rounds beating formidable teams like Yadrana, Moce I and VICC and have always been the team to beat in the last decade.
"They've been defending champions for years and are the All-Blacks of club cricket in Fiji. We have to play out of our skins for sure and against Army you just have to ensure you stick to the basics as well."
Konrote said Army had an excellent bowling attack and an even more impressive batting line-up.
"What we have to do is keep our heads no matter what happens, even if our bowling attack is being smacked around or we lose early wickets we need to keep composed and ensure that when it's our turn to bat, we play out the full 20 overs or continue to be smart with the bowling," he said.
In the other semi-final, Yadrana faces BSP Titans. The semi-finals start at 9am at Albert Park and the final will be played at 1pm.