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Experienced trio to lead Northland

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

NORTHLAND will not be intimidated by its lack of experience when it challenges BLK Nadroga in the HFC Bank Farebrother-Sullivein Trophy challenge on Saturday.

With a new bunch of players recruited by coach Watisoni Ratulevu this season, Northland is optimistic of giving the defending champions a worthy challenge.

The trio of Banuve Dretiverata at tighthead prop, livewire hooker Sireli Ledua and skipper Vilimoni Malorua are the only players with experience of challenging Fiji's prestigious silverware.

Ratulevu would bank on these players to lead the charge upfront.

"We have a very young team who will be totally new to this Farebrother-Sullivan challenge," he said.

"We got only Dretiverata, Ledua and Malorua who have already played at this level and they will lead our campaign in this important game."

He believes the experience of playing in the Skipper Cup was a good test for his new troops.

"I have confidence on my players, they have been playing at the Skipper Cup level this season and that's been a good experience for them before we face Nadroga on Saturday."

He said Nadroga would be tough to beat at home.

He said they had a game plan to match Nadroga.

The Stallions successfully defended the trophy against Tacirua Transport Naitasiri Highlanders last week Saturday.

The match, which will be held at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, kicks off at 3pm.

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