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Maroons out to avoid relegation

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, July 25, 2014

THE Isireli Bulicokocoko- coached Lautoka team will be out to avoid the promotion-relegation when they take on Nadi during the Skipper Cup competition at Churchill Park tomorrow.

The Maroons are reeling at the bottom of the points table after a dismal season.

The side was docked five points for not travelling to Ovalau for its fixture.

In its history, the Maroons have played the promotion-relegation once in the 1980s, according to Bulicokocoko.

It is a do or die match for the Sugar City side which has seen a change in hierarchy in recent weeks. Lautoka had a hit-out with the Western Police team on Wednesday.

Bulicokocoko said they expected a tough match against their neighbours.

He said there was a lot at stake.

"We have ironed our mistakes from the loss to Vatukoula last week," the former Fiji 7s team trainer said.

"The focus has been on defence. We played against the Western Police team and scored three quick tries. They scored twice. So the weakness is in the defence. We have to make the first tackles count.

"Nadi have many enterprising players and will be quick on the counter attack. For us it is about the pride of the district and the Maroons jersey.

"We need the support of the fans to cheer the boys on in this very important match."

A win to Nadi will seal its spot in the semi-finals.

The match will kick off at 3pm.


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