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Newbies bolster Maroons chance in Skipper Cup

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

LAUTOKA is confident of beating Tailevu in the first round of the Skipper Cup competition this weekend.

Secretary Salesi Vulakoro said many new faces would bolster the Maroons in their bid to defeat Tailevu on their home turf.

He said a win this weekend would boost his team's chances of reaching top four spot this season.

"We will be travelling to Nausori with high hopes of securing our first win," said Vulakoro.

"The boys have been training together for the past couple of weeks and they are ready to battle and win in Tailevu.

"Majority of the players in the side are new faces to provincial competition but they have the talents and the guts to match any opposition."

Salesi said Tailevu would be a tough nut to crack in front of their home fans.

He said the hosts had been bolstered with the inclusion of some Army players.

"Tailevu is a tough customer and they will be at their best on their home turf,"

"They also have some exciting players in their outfit but I am confident of our team's chances and we are going there to win the game."

Lautoka has been boosted with the return of New Zealand-based flyhalf Moape Turaganikeli who will team up with seasoned campaigner Rupeni Naqiri, Bill Satala Jr and Nadroga hooker Apakuki Lumelume.

The match will be held at Ratu Cakobau park on Friday. Other Skipper Cup matches on Saturday:

Naitasiri vs Nadi (Ratu Cakobau Park), Vatukoula vs Nadroga (Theodore Park), Suva vs Northland, Ovalau vs Tavua, Namosi vs Macuata.


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