15 July, 2017, 12:00 am
AFTER shocking leaders Naitasiri at Ratu Cakobau Park last week, Namosi will travel to Lawaqa Park with vengeance and determination to wrestle the coveted Skipper Cup from the defending champions.
Namosi lost only two games in round one. They lost to Naitasiri, who they beat in the semi-final and they lost to Nadroga, who they will take on today in the Cup final.
The Stallions had too much fire power in their tank when they thumped Suva last week, but this week the Stallions know they face a Namosi team, which means business.
Backed by many diehard fans and the vanua, Nadroga will shed tears and blood to retain the Cup, which has become part of their trophy cabinet.
I am confident that when the dust settles Fiji’s rugby brains in Esala Nauga and Frank Boivert would have guided the Stallions to another victory.
The hard yards started last year and the training at the sand dunes have developed a group of versatile rugby players who wear the white jumper with pride and honour. It’s a pity that Nadroga’s Eremasi Radrodro did not make it into the Fiji team.
My best wishes to the Stallions in their bid to retain the Skipper Cup.
I also congratulate the Namosi brigade for proving rugby pundits wrong and making it to the Skipper Cup final.
On the other hand, the Vodafone Vanua Championship final between Rewa and Navosa is sure to attract a huge crowd.
Both teams were in the top flight once and have secured automatic promotion at the expense of Macuata and Northland.
I am counting on Navosa to take out this one. The finals of the eastern and southern zone rugby finals have been the talk among many old scholars.
Suva Grammar and Nasinu will front each other while traditional arch rivals RKS and QVS will battle each other for supremacy.
Finally, the grand showdown between the Hurricanes and series leaders the Crusaders makes this weekend exciting.
A loss for the mighty Crusaders will give the upper hand to the Lions, who based on form, gets the opportunity of hosting the final.
Fans are definitely in for a rugby feast.