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Naitasiri wary of Stallions

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, August 21, 2014

NAITASIRI will be hoping to turn the table against Nadroga when they travel to Sigatoka to face the defending champions in the Skipper Cup final on Saturday.

After a hard-fought 15-9 victory over Nadi in the semi-finals last week, Naitasiri looked like a well-oiled machine ready for the Stallions.

However, the team's camp revealed it needed to rectify certain aspects of the game before taking on Nadroga at Lawaqa Park.

Two years ago, the Highlanders bowed before the Stallions at the same venue and they would be hoping for a favourable result this weekend. The side was coached by Reverend Joji Rinakama at the time Naitasiri defeated Tailevu in the semi-final 33-20 while Nadroga had a similar scenario where they edged past Suva.

"It's two years now since the last time we played in the final," assistant team manager Atu Kuruibou said.

"We will go back and try to improve on certain areas before going down to Nadroga."

He said the road to the final was not easy.

"From the start of the round robin, we prepared well in every game and now we will do the same."

He said the players' unity was one of the contributing factors in the victory over the jetsetters last weekend in Nausori.

Naitasiri will be banking on the experience of its skipper Nasoni Roko, Kolinio Vunaki and Sanivalati Vunibola to spearhead their campaign.

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