September 27, 2010
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Leawere tells Nadroga to shape up

By Torika Tokalau

Flying Fijians veteran, Kele Leawere has warned the Nadroga team to pull up their socks as they prepare to faceoff against their toughest opponent, Naitasiri in the BSP Farebrother Sullivan Cup challenge this weekend.

Nadroga escaped with another technical win over Lautoka after their 13-all draw over the weekend, a win none-the less adding their hold onto the coveted silverware to five consecutive weeks.

However, Leawere has voiced concern over Nadroga’s defence saying against Naitasiri, which is guided by their former coach, Joji Rinakama, the Stallions can not afford to get away with another technical win.

“The rules are the rules when it comes to a technical win but against a team like Naitasiri who not only have strong players but the guidance of our former coach who knows our team well, Nadroga will really have to pull up their socks,” he said.

“Nadroga can win the Farebrother Cup again for the sixth week against Naitasiri but its really up to the players and how much they really want it.”

Leawere said Naitasiri was not like any of their other earlier opponents who had tried but failed to break the rugby giants.

“Naitasiri have the inside scoop of how Nadroga plays, the weaknesses and strength of each player through Joji Rinakama.”

“That is what makes Naitasiri totally different from Suva, Lautoka, Ovalau, Tailevu and Northland. This is a team that will know what to do and how to break us.”

He added with Naitasiri’s inside scoop on how the Stallions operated, it was the weeks of intensive rugby that was taking its toll on the team.

“Five weeks in a row playing hard rugby has taken its toll on the boys. They are tired  but we’re so close to retaining the Farebrother Cup – just two more challenges and we’re through.”

“However like I said, its really up to the boys and how hungry they are to see this through,” Leawere said.

The Nadroga versus Naitasiri match kicks off at 3pm at Lawaqa Park on Saturday. 


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