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Stallions wary of Maroons' record

Jo Kunaluvea
Thursday, July 10, 2014

BLK Nadroga team manager Iliavi Kato said they would, as usual, treat Lautoka with respect when they meet this Saturday at Lawaqa Park in the round nine of the Skipper Cup competition.

Kato said they were fully aware of Lautoka's reputation for causing upsets against major teams, especially Nadroga.

"The Lautoka rugby team always looks the most dangerous when the chips are down and that's what they are going through right now.

"They proved it here at Lawaqa Park in 1979 when Nadroga was on the verge of defending the Farebrother Trophy for the tenth consecutive year.

"Lautoka marched in to challenge with a poor rugby season record behind them and they upset Nadroga with a 6-4 win despite the home team having a star-studded side," said Kato.

He said upsets could always happen in any sport.

"We don't want to follow Brazil in soccer where they were heavily favoured to win the World Cup but Germany humiliated them at home. Our players are always reminded to respect and never under- estimate any team in the competition."

He said the coaches had been working on weaknesses from last week's clash against Nadi.

Lautoka has two wins from eight games while Nadroga has won all of their eight games and are leading the points table with 38 points.

Fixtures — Ovalau-Tailevu (Nasau Park, Levuka), Nadroga-Lautoka (Lawaqa Park, Nadroga), Nadi-Macuata (Prince Charles Park), Northland-Tavua (Gatward Park, Korovou), Suva-Namosi (ANZ Stadium, Suva), Vatukoula-Naitasiri (Theodore Park, Vatukoula).

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