Nadro to face Naitaisiri despite the outcome

Nadroga rugby side at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Nadroga rugby team will play Naitasiri in the Skipper Cup semi-final despite the outcome in the final round robin match on Saturday where the venue will be confirmed after the final round.

If both teams win their respective matches this weekend, Naitasiri will host Nadroga next weekend.

If Nadroga wins big against Rewa and Naitasiri loses to Tailevu, Nadroga hosts the highlanders at Lawaqa Park.

In the history of local provincial rugby from the Sanyo Cup in 2007, Telecom Cup and now Skipper Cup, the Stallions have never missed the semi-final playoffs.

Despite their losing start to Nadi and Suva this season, Nadroga made a strong comeback to book a place in the semi-finals

Nadroga Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu said local rugby had lifted its standard compared with past years.

“Nadroga is known to be the giant of local rugby and we’ve set the record in the past by winning consecutively and our players progressing to greener pastures. We cannot underestimate any team now because rugby in Fiji has transformed,” said Matawalu.

“We set the standards. A few years ago, we were unbeaten and when we lost last year, we knew rugby in Fiji has transformed and improved so our goal now is to set the bar higher and work towards that goal.”

Nadroga will meet Rewa in the final round of the Skipper Cup competition and they are aiming for their fifth straight bonus point win.

“Last year we started the Super Rugby franchise, a competition among the districts in Nadroga. This year we’ve seen some improvements as the coaches eye raw talents who are now playing for Nadroga.

“This development will continue and expose the hidden talents in villages for the benefit of the players, the club, union and the nation.”

Meanwhile, Suva tops the standings with 28 points, Naitasiri is in second place with 23 and Nadroga is tied with Nadi on 20 points on third place.

Nadroga leads with the points difference.

Nadroga will host Rewa at Lawaqa Park tomorrow at 6pm.

The women’s competition begins at 2pm, followed by the under-19 at 4pm then the men’s division at 6pm and the Kalevu Shield Challenge between Conua Chiefs against Vusu Brumbies at 7.30pm.

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