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Naitasiri banks on home crowd

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, August 16, 2014

THE home crowd advantage is what Naitasiri will bank on in today's Skipper Cup semi-final duel with Nadi in Nausori.

The highlanders, now under the guidance of former Flying Fijians head coach Samu Domoni, will be out to impress their local supporters after an impressive season.

Domoni has been at the helm following the untimely death of long-time coach Eroni Vereivalu this year.

Vereivalu's pass will be a huge motivation for the Sanivalati Vunibola-captained side to perform well with a win in his memory.

Vereivalu recruited a whole bunch of new players this season after Naitasiri failed to make the playoffs last season.

The team finished second in the Skipper Cup points table behind defending champions Nadroga.

With some experienced players such as Vunibola, former sevens rep Nasoni Roko and former Suva inside centre Waisale Levula, Buinimasi Bese and Kolinio Vunaki in the set-up, Naitasiri will be hard to topple at Ratu Cakobau Park.

Earlier in an interview with Times Sport, Naitasiri manager Waisale Luveniyali said Vereivalu's absence would be a motivating factor for the rest of the campaign.

The game kicks off at 3pm.

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