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Nadroga wary of Naitasiri challenge

August 29, 2014 12:24 am

It is harder to defend the HFC Farebrother Trophy than to challenge for it.

These are the words of Nadroga Rugby Union president, Tiko Matawalu, who is also a former skipper of the Stallions.

Matawalu says despite the thrashing of Naitasiri in the Skipper Cup final last week, the Esala Nauga coached side will maintain a cautious approach heading into the clash against the Highlanders tomorrow.

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“That is where we are. The pressure that is on us to defend this trophy. We are not relying on last’s week’s result. The pressure is still there to defend it successfully. This is the first time for Nadroga to put Naitasiri as the first challenger. There is a reason that we have put them as the first challenger but it doesn’t take away the fact that Naitasiri is still a very strong team.”

Meanwhile, Nadroga has named a powerful line-up for the HFC Farebrother Trophy challenge tomorrow.

Backrower Rupeni Nahiga will lead the side which includes national sevens squad members Savenaca Rawaca, Eremasi Radrodro and Apisalome Waqatabu.

Former 7s rep Emosi Vucago has been given the halfback role ahead of Samu Laqai with Mitieli Nacagilevu named at left winger.

Naitasiri will challenge holders Nadroga at 3pm tomorrow at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka and you can catch a live commentary on BULA FM with the voice of rugby, Graham Eden from 3pm.

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