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Nines champion

Maciu Malo
Monday, August 25, 2014

OUTRIGGER on the Lagoon rugby teams dominated the FNRL Nadroga 9s tournament held at Lawaqa Park on Friday.

The Outrigger Green side defeated Coastal Stallions 10-8 to win the main prize while the Outrigger Blue lost to Tagaqe Eels in the plate final.

FNRL development officer Suliasi Cakautabu said Outrigger was impressive during the one-day tournament to stamp its dominance in the abbreviated code.

He said the high-tempo game forced the Outrigger players to come out of its shell and deliver the goods.

"The side did their homework well and they deserved to win the title," said Cakautabu.

"They survived torrid battle against the tough Titans' outfit to become the new winners of the competition.

"The competition was made to keep the players fit during the off-season period."

Cakautabu said plan was in the pipeline to hold another tournament soon.

He said teams from Navosa and Nadroga zone would be allowed to take part in the competition.

Meanwhile, Nadroga Zone champions Raiwaqa Knights anticipate tough challenge against the Lautoka zone winner Islands Electric Lautoka Crushers in this weekend's premier quarter-finals.

Caukautabu said the side had been preparing well for the do or die clash against the young Crushers.

He said the Stallions had set their focus on securing a spot in the Top 8 next season.

"In order to fulfil our goal we must win against the Crushers," said Cakautabu.

"The Crushers will also be looking for a win but I am hopeful the Knights have what it takes to win the game."

The Knights-Crushers game will be held on Friday at Lawaqa Park.

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