MAINTAINING consistency is vital for Tailevu as it prepares to defend the prestigious Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy this weekend against Nadroga.
The Tebara Bus-sponsored side wrested the silverware from Naitasiri last week and will line up against the Digicel Cup champions at the ANZ Stadium.
Tailevu failed to make the Digicel Cup semi-finals this season following a mixed performance during the competition. However, after winning against Naitasiri, head coach Lance Whippy said they needed consistency to defend the trophy.
He said Nadroga had been a dominant force over the years in Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy competition. The Stallions lost the coveted silverware to Suva last year.
"It is going to be a tough battle," Whippy said.
"Nadroga is a champion team. They have been champions for a couple of years and for us it's a huge step to defend the trophy.
"We need to maintain consistency because the biggest part is to defend the trophy. Challenging is anyone's game."
Last week, Tailevu welcomed back Flying Fijians lock and Scotland-bound Leone Nakarawa who played a crucial role in the 16-14 victory over Naitasiri.
The side has been training at the Sila Central High School grounds in Nausori, preparing for the mouth-watering clash on Saturday in Laucala Bay. Meanwhile, Tailevu Rugby Union officials met FRU officials and Nadroga Rugby Union yesterday to discuss the time of the game.
Tailevu said earlier it wanted the game to be played at 7pm. However, Nadroga requested that kick-off be rescheduled at 3pm.
"We will confirm the time later because a meeting is currently underway between FRU and the two unions," TRU secretary Jone Batiwale said.