DEFENCE is an area that Vatukoula needs to work on if it wants to wrest the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy away from Suva on Saturday.
With Suva's winning momentum on a roll after two successful defences, former Suva skipper and Flying Fijians hooker Bill Gadolo says Vatukoula needs to work hard in defence to cause an upset.
Suva successfully defended the prized silverware against Lautoka and Namosi and is ready to take on Vatukoula in the third challenge at the ANZ Stadium.
"I think Vatukoula really needs to work hard, especially in defence because Suva is on a roll now," Gadolo said.
"Suva's winning momentum has started. And coming off with a positive mind-set from two successful wins, it will be hard to beat Suva."
He said when in possession, Vatukoula needed to work hard to minimise turnovers.
"Suva is very strong in the forwards and everyone knows that. So whenever Vatukoula has possession, it should always work hard to retain it, especially in the rucks."
The Fiji under-20 rugby coach said Suva's match fitness would be an advantage for the Salimoni Ravouvou-coached side.
Naitasiri will be the next challenger followed by Nadi, Tailevu and Nadroga.
Meanwhile, in the curtain-raiser match to the Suva-Vatukoula game at 3.30pm, USP will play Harlequins at 11am followed by Red Rock versus Golden Eagles Koroturaga Fulton Hogan Highway Challenge at 1pm.
Ticket prices for grandstand is $15, embankment $10, grass $5 and children under-12 $3 (grass).