August 23, 2012
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Naitasiri and Nadroga ready to do battle

By Ropate Valemei

Nadroga and Naitasiri are prepared to go head-to-head this Saturday in the battle for Digicel Cup supremacy at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa park.

Speaking at the launch of the 2012 Digicel Cup final in Suva, Nadroga captain Setefano Somoca said they have been preparing well.

“It will be a tough game on Saturday no doubt about it. So we are just calling on our supporters to come in numbers on the day to cheer us on,” Somoca said.

Naitasiri captain Jese Cirikisuva echoed the same sentiments and called on all Highlanders supporters.

“Win or lose, May the best team win,” he said.

Fiji Rugby Union Marketing and Sponsorship manager Tevita Waqairawai said the tournament is a pathway to identify and groom talented players in Fiji into national duties.

Digicel chief executive David Butler reassured their support in the development of local rugby.

“I am looking forward to a superb game this weekend,” he said.

Meanwhile, four Naitasiri players have been reported injured and may be out of the final this Saturday, with officials hoping that they will recover in time.

Xix changes have been made to the Nadroga side to play against Naitasiri.

The front row sees Peni Ravai replacing Ratu Penijamini Makutu, and Manoa Tamaya replaces Rupeni Nahiga at Lock.

Changes also to the flanker positions, Ratu Mosese Volavola in for Ulaiasi Lawavou and Etonia Nabaiki replaces Sailosi Raboniqica who has been moved to the No. 8 position.

Aisea Natoga runs in at fullback replacing Samisoni Viriviri.

Naitasiri last won the Digicel trophy in 2010.

The Digicel Cup Final will kick off at 3.30pm after the Under 20 Final between Nadroga and Tailevu at 1pm.

Nadroga (1-15): Peni Ravai, Seremaia Naureure, Setefano Samoca (C), Manoa Tamaya, Sekonaia Kalou, Ratu Mosese Volavola, Etonia Nabaiki, Sailosi Rabo, Sakiusa Gavidi, Jonetani Ralulu, Isoa Neivua, Jonetani Ratu, Adriu Delai, Apisalome Waqatabu, Aisea Natoga
Replacements: Ratu Seru Cakobau, Ratu Penijamini Makutu, Epeli Natuikata, Atunaisa Kulavere, Etonia Bula, Paula Karatu, Samisoni Viriviri.



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