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Stallions out to keep unbeaten run intact

Maciu Malo
Saturday, August 09, 2014

BLK Nadroga is aiming to secure its 31st consecutive wins in two years during the do or die Skipper Tuna semi-final battle against Suva at Lawaqa Park this afternoon.

The Stallions have been unbeaten in the past 30 Skipper Tuna and Farebrother games since their loss by default to Naita0siri in last year's round robin games.

And with the backing of the rugby-mad home fans the side will be all out to maintain its unbeaten run in the local competition.

Head coach Esala Nauga said the Stallions were treating the Suva game as the final and would give their very best to win the encounter.

He urged his troops to play their hearts out for the people of Nadroga.

"We are treating this game as our final," said Nauga.

"Playing on our home turf is not easy knowing we need to deliver the goods for our fans and for the vanua.

"We have fought hard to reach this stage and now the onus is on the boys to maintain their consistency against a tough Suva side.

"We have lost only one game over the past two years and we will try our best to maintain our good record against Suva.

"The boys are ready for the challenge knowing Suva will be a tough nut to crack."

The former Flying Fijian centre said the Capital City boys would be fielding a strong team.

Nadroga defeated Suva 31-6 early this year but the Stallions will not dwell on reputation in the semi-final.

Some of the players that are likely to make their mark in the game are Rupeni Nasiga, Setefano Samoca, Peni Ravai, Manoa Tamaya, Seremaia Naureure, Jiuta Lutumailagi and Savenaca Rawaca.

Suva on the other hand will be captained by livewire hooker Viliame Veikoso.

The game kicks off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, defending champion Redbrick Nadi will face Suva in the under-20 semi-final while Nadroga will face Tailevu in the second semi-final next weekend.

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