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Stallions wary

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

FIJI rugby champion BLK Nadroga expects a different and tough game from Suva in the first Skipper Cup semi-final this Saturday at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu said the Stallions would not dwell on their round-robin results where they outclassed the Capital City boys 31-6.

The former Nadroga skipper said Suva would be tough upfront especially with the services of Flying Fijians front row Manasa Saulo, Bill Veikoso and Leroy Atalifo.

Matawalu said his troops were ready for the challenge and would give their best to maintain their unbeaten run this season.

"This will be a different ball game altogether compared to the round robin game and we expect a tough Suva outfit in the semi-final," he said.

"They have some good and strong players especially in the tight five which was evident to their selection in the Flying Fijians team. We expect Suva to be tough upfront and they will be out for a win."

The Stallions have been unbeaten since their Farebrother and then Digicel Cup game last season where they defeated Suva 21-12 in last year's final.

However, Matawalu said the side would not bank on their reputation in the do or die semi-final.

"We have forgotten our win in the round robin game and we have reset our focus on the semi-final," he said.

"We are ready to take Suva on in this important clash.

"The game against Otago would be a good build-up for the semi-final and we will use some of the players in that game to face Suva. This game is important and we will do our best."

Some of the players who are expected to spearhead the Stallions campaign are Rupeni Nasiga, Apisai Domolailai, Manoa Tamaya, Setefano Samoca, Seremaia Naureure, Emosi Vucago and Jiuta Lutumailagi.

The second Skipper Cup semi-final between Nadi and Naitasiri will be held next week.

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