Editorial comment – Feast of sports

Members of the Vodafone Fiji Bati team with their new outfit. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE stage is set for an exciting weekend of sporting action.

Today, Nadroga takes on the might of the Capital City at the National Stadium in Suva in a top of the table rugby union final.

Schoolboy ruggers are also set for another round of games in the Kaji rugby competition, and the Deans Trophy competition around the country.

The Fiji Bati are scheduled to take on the might of the Lebanese Cedars in a Test in Sydney, Australia this evening.

The Latui were scheduled to play the Western Force in the final of the Rapid Rugby competition in Perth last night.

On Taveuni, the Radradra 7s is into the final day of competition today.

In Super Rugby it is quarter-final weekend.

Attention will no doubt be spread out.

The Fiji Bati face the might of the Cedars who will be led by Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farrah.

This match is building up to be a thriller with the Cedars’ fans already block booking sections of Leichhardt Oval this evening.

The Cedars will be trying to emulate their form at the 2017 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals.

Facing them will be a strong Bati side that includes top NRL wingers Maika Sivo and Suliasi Vunivalu.

Upfront, the Bati will be banking on hard men Tui Kamikamica and skipper Korbin Sims to take up the leading tackle counts. Exciting backrower Viliame Kikau will be a forward to watch alongside Jason Bukuya.

The battle upfront between Sims and the Cedars’ tough frontrower Tim Mannah will be an interesting part of the game to look forward to.

The Bati defeated the Cedars 40-28 in 2014.

Excitement is also growing around the form of Parramatta Eels flyer Sivo who is among the NRL’s top five for tries and line-breaks.

The match is scheduled for 7.40pm (Australian time). Back home, interest no doubt is focused on the clash between Suva and Nadroga. Running in without the services of its players in the Latui squad, Suva will still be no pushovers.

Their form this season places them on a very high pedestal.

The resilience of Nadroga, however, has been evident in the last few rounds of the competition.

The Stallions have been in good form and will be keen to give Suva a tough run this afternoon.

For parents and guardians and schoolboy rugby fans, the feast of rugby action continues today around the country.

Our young up and coming ruggers will be strutting their stuff, for their school and for their fans.

There is no doubt about the fact that we have an abundance of talented players who just need nurturing and a pathway to realise their dreams.

The challenge is definitely on the governing bodies of the various sporting disciplines to be vigilant and proactive.

We wish you all the very best today.

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