LAUTOKA will miss the services of loose head prop Jone Talawa for the Skipper Cup fixture against Suva at Churchill Park on Saturday.
Talawa sustained an ankle sprain in the match against Macuata last week.
The Maroons stepped up its preparations on Monday with an aim to give their fans something to cheer for in the first home game of the season.
Lautoka goes into the fixture with a loss and a win while Suva remains unbeaten after two matches.
Lautoka Rugby Union secretary Salesi Vulakoro said they wanted to beat Suva to move up the points table.
Vulakoro said Suva would be a threat.
"We defeated Suva 16-10 at Albert Park last year," he said.
"So there is no reason why we cannot do it again. The intensity at training has lifted from last week.
"We know that Suva will be no pushover so the players are giving their best at training to be really fit when it comes to game time.
"Since this is our first home game, we are requesting the fans to turn up in numbers to support the boys."
The Maroons will be captained by number eight Timoci Vuadreu.
The battle of the cities will start at 3pm.
In other matches on Saturday at the same time, Tavua will host Naitasiri at Garvey Park, Nadi will clash with Ovalau at Prince Charles Park, Northland will battle Tailevu at Gatward Park, Namosi will play Nadroga at Thompson Park while Macuata will face Vatukoula at Theodore Park.