Stallions rule

Your sports reporter and veteran sports journalist Maikeli Seru was apt in his report titled “Stallions rule – Hillmen retire, city boys next”.

I couldn’t dispute with Mike that experience, determination and the value of the Farebrother Trophy were the key ingredients that saw Nadroga put up a spectacular performance to end Naitasiri’s dream of ending the year with silverware.

Well done Nadroga and congratulations for continuing with the winning culture. I was in Sigatoka to attend the funeral of a close friend and schoolteacher Ritesh Singh, who taught maths and computer at Ratu Latianara College and I could sense a glow of pride as I crossed Sigatoka, which houses our rugby powerhouse.

During the funeral service, I was privileged to meet war horse and rugged Nadroga defender Anirudh Singh and our conversation reminded me about the glorious days of Nadroga soccer.

These days while the Nadroga soccer team is in the senior grade, their rugby team continues to make headlines. Nadroga’s win against Naitasiri is no secret.

The Stallions take rugby seriously and their recipe of making their local competition competitive brings out the best players, who move on to represent the senior team.

The influence of Boivert and the coaching staff Nauga and Waqa lifts the intensity of the Nadroga team, who I predict to have another walk in the park against the Capital City.

Hearty congratulations to the players and management for doing your vanua and fans proud with another sublime and magnificent victory! Meanwhile, it did not come to me as a surprise that three teams from the most competitive conference have booked a spot in the Super Rugby semis.

The Highlanders were unlucky to have faced the Crusaders or else we could have had the four top teams from NZ facing each other in the semis. The Crusaders, despite the wet conditions, held off a resilient and spirited Highlanders outfit to set up a clash against the Chiefs in Christchurch.

As I conclude, I applaud the efforts of the schools which took part in the Team Mathematics Competition in Suva.

While I congratulate the winning schools, I thank the organisers for organising the TMC.

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