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Suva ready for tough semi-final battle

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, August 08, 2014

SUVA is ready for the "uphill" battle against Nadroga in the Skipper Cup semi-final tomorrow at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

Nadroga which finished on top of the points table after the preliminary rounds of the competition is the firm favourites over the Capital City side.

Suva coach Salimoni Ravouvou said it was always hard to beat the Stallions at their home ground.

The team lost to Nadroga 6-31 in the round robin clash earlier in the year.

"Nadroga and Suva have played in the semi-finals so many times and the battle between these two teams is always intense," Ravouvou said.

"We are going against an opposition who has a better record than us. We finished fourth in the Skipper Cup competition and we are playing Nadroga which finished on top.

"As we have experienced in the past, it's always hard to beat Nadroga at their home ground but we will do our best this Saturday."

Suva will be relying on its mobile forward pack led by the Flying Fijians front row Manasa Saulo, Bill Veikoso and Leroy Atalifo.

Ravouvou said they would use the same squad that played throughout the season in the do-or-die clash.

He didn't reveal much on the approach they would take this weekend adding the players would do the talking on the field.

"We have been looking at our past performances this season and looking at where we have to improve on," Ravouvou said.

Ravouvou also called on the fans to come out in numbers and support the team.

"We thank the fans for their support so far.

"We will need their support this Saturday and we ask them to be at the grounds to back the team in this crucial game."

Naitasiri will host Nadi in the second semi-final next week.

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