Lautoka prepares

LAUTOKA will leave no stone unturned in its preparation for the promotion-relegation match against the Naitasiri Northern Bulls at Churchill Park this Saturday.

The Maroons marched into camp at the Coronation Methodist Church on Monday and have been undergoing two training sessions daily.

The Lautoka Rugby Union has put in all resources behind the team with the aim to maintain its status in the major union.

The LRU is not taking any risk and will also ensure that its administrative work is also perfect heading into the important fixture.

With a host of protests lodged during the B-Division competition, Lautoka’s interim chairman Samu Yalayala said they would ensure that all players were properly registered.

Yalayala said they would be verifying their player’s registrations with the Fiji Rugby Union.

“We believe in winning on the field,” the former dual international said.

“But with the amount of protests relating to player registration this season, we will not take any chance. We will make sure that all the players have proper registrations before taking the field.”

Lautoka has played in the promotion-relegation once back in the 1980s.

The side finished at the bottom of the Skipper Cup this season after being docked five points for not travelling to Ovalau for the fixture.

Yalayala said things were going according to plan.

“The morale in camp is high,” he said.

“We will not underestimate the Bulls. The side is determined to gain promotion but we have to keep our reputation.

“New plans have been drawn up to lift Lautoka rugby from the bottom and a comprehensive win against the Bulls will be the best start.”

The match was initially scheduled to be the curtain-raiser to the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge fixture between Nadroga and Tailevu at Lawaqa Park, but has now been shifted to Churchill Park.

Meanwhile, Batiri upset Natabua 5-3 in the club challenge cup game last Saturday.

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