Unions Fight For Top 8 Spot

FRU steps in to re­solve is­sues on Skip­per Cup fix­tures, venues This is be­cause most of our play­ers are work­ing and there­fore we need to play on Satur­day. Maciu Koroi North­land head coach

Fiji Sun - - Sport - ANASILINI RATUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

The North­land Rugby team man­age­ment has called the Fiji Rugby Union to resched­ule their Skip­per Cup clash against Malolo to Satur­day in­stead of to­mor­row. North­land head coach Maciu Koroi told SUNs­ports yes­ter­day that they are not in a po­si­tion to field a team on Fri­day. “This is be­cause most of our play­ers are work­ing and there­fore we need to play on Satur­day,” he said. Malolo man­ager Te­vita Sadrata said they have given a pro­posal to FRU for the game to be staged on Satur­day but at Lawaqa Park Ground Two since two matches can­not be staged at one ground. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nadroga are tak­ing on Suva at the main Lawaqa Park ground.

Koroi said they de­serve to be treated fairly as the other big­ger teams like Nadroga and Suva. “We do not want to play in ground two. We have been pre­par­ing well and we are ready to give a good fight but we need to be treated just like any other big­ger teams. This year our tar­get is to reach the semi fi­nals so the tempo of our prepa­ra­tion is re­ally high and we will main­tain it that way.” Koroi said they would be test­ing their pool of play­ers in all the rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion. Fiji Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor said they would con­firm to­day af­ter they hold dis­cus­sions with all par­ties.

Sadrata said de­spite all the hap­pen­ings their play­ers have been pre­par­ing well. “We are look­ing for­ward to a good game against North­land and we will do most of our talk­ing on the field,” he added.

Ri­nakama warns, watch Lau­toka

Naitasiri head coach Rev­erend Jioji Ri­nakama is ex­pect­ing a tor­rid en­counter against Lau­toka. “Lau­toka is an un­pre­dictable team and they al­ways come out with sur­prises,” he said. “In pre­vi­ous years we have seen them los­ing in most rounds but al­ways come out fir­ing at the end caus­ing up­sets. So we are aware of that and we re­spect them.” Ri­nakama said their play­ers have been train­ing in full force as they fight for a spot on the run on team. The Naitasiri and Lau­toka game was sched­uled to be played at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nau­sori to­mor­row but Naitasiri man­ager Waisea Lu­veniyali said a con­fir­ma­tion on the venue would be made to­day. Feed­back: anasilinir@fi­jisun.com.fj

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