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Natabua out to get basics right in clash

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NATABUA High School's under-18 side will be banking on the basics to carry them through their promotion relegation match against Navuso Methodist High School this weekend.

The side won their Coke Zero Tier Two Deans final against Sila Central High School last week but coaching director Sairusi Naituku said they would not take their opponent lightly.

"So far, the preparation is going on well and we have told the students last week to do the first things first," he said.

"The U18 has won the Tier Two competition and we are now correcting our mistakes from the last game.

"We are taking things slowly as it comes and I have been telling the students the importance of the principles of rugby.

"Many times, we are up there and we tend to lose sight of the finals and we lose the game. I have informed the boys to calm down, lay low and get stuck in the basic fundamentals of the game."

According to Naituku, they are focusing on four basic fundamentals of rugby during training possession, drive forward, support and continuity.

"Play the four and you are applying pressure to the opposition."

The former national rep said this was the best year for rugby at the school.

"Now, the U18 is trying to maintain the spot which was taken by Lomaivuna two years ago. We are focusing on getting that spot back.

"We need that one position back to Tier One for our brothers next year."

The match will be played at Lautoka's Churchill Park this Saturday.

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