July 23, 2012
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Tailevu in must-win for final hosting rights

Tailevu need to win against Naitasiri this Saturday to remain at the helm of the Digicel Cup table and earn the rights to host the finale.

And in doing so avoid a second meeting with the Highlanders who look to have cemented their third spot on the standings.

A top of their table finish will see Tailevu line up against the fourth finishers which is a two-way race between Lautoka and Suva in the first semi final while Nadroga muscle-up against Naitasiri in the other semis.

But, a realistic Tailevu coach Lance Whippy chooses not be carried away with the favourites tag, saying different teams have their different strengths and knows full well Naitasiri won’t be a walk-over especially with the backing and the guidance of coach who is a household name in domestic rugby, Joji Rinakama.

“Naitasiri is a very good team,” Whippy said.

“They have a very capable and experienced coach and they have a lot of senior players that understand the demands of the competition.

“For us we need to find the consistency and the accuracy in whatever we do, build up in that and find the right people for the team.”

The undefeated Tailevu team is injury-free and a win against Naitasiri at Ratu Cakobau Park will make them the only undefeated outfit in the Digicel Cup round robin competition.

In other round 11 games this weekend, Lautoka host Nadi, the venue for which is still to be confirmed, Northland host Nadroga at Gatward Park, Tavua host Macuata at Garvey Park, Suva host Vatukoula at Albert Park and Ovalau host Rewa.

Digicel Cup standings as at 21 July, 2012

Team P W D L PF PA PD BP BL Points
Tailevu 10 10 0 0 265 125 140 5 0 45
Nadroga 9 7 1 1 316 117 199 7 1 38
Naitasiri 10 8 0 2 262 173 89 3 0 35
Lautoka 10 5 0 5 255 196 59 5 3 28
Suva 9 6 0 3 214 172 42 2 2 28
Northland 10 6 0 4 151 146 5 0 2 22
Vatukoula 10 3 0 7 164 169 -5 3 4 19
Ovalau 10 4 0 6 149 263 -114 1 1 18
Nadi 10 3 1 6 165 193 -28 2 1 17
Macuata 9 3 0 6 139 245 -106 2 1 15
Tavua 10 2 0 8 110 226 -116 0 1 9
Rewa 9 0 0 9 65 232 -167 0 0 0


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