April 08, 2021
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It will be an uphill battle, says Bai

Newly appointed Tailevu head coach and former Flying Fijians centre Seremaia Bai says they will have an uphill battle in their 2021 Skipper Cup opener against Namosi on Saturday.

Bai said Namosi was an in-form team in the competition last season and they again will be laced with star and experienced players while Tailevu will introduce many new faces.

“Our game plan is strong and we just have to execute it well and on time. We can’t wait for Namosi to hit at us but we have to take the first step. The boys already know that there should not be any excuses when we play Namosi because it will be a battle of two hills fighting each other.”

“We have a product of our own and there are no national reps in the squad which does not make us an elite team but we are the product of our own home breed. We have got a mixture of young and senior players in the team and we are fortunate that the side begun training since January.”

“Last year was hectic for Tailevu and this year we are building a strong game style and plan to take Tailevu to the finals of the Skipper Cup. Yes, there will be challenges in playing the big teams but that will enable the players to grow and put their ability to take on the challenge.”

Bai, who joined the coaching panel on Monday mentioned that he wants the young players to get exposure by playing big teams like Namosi.

“We last won the cup years ago and taking that into consideration we are going to fight the battle with the young lads I have here. I want to give them more game time because I think it is important to grow their game style.”

“It’s also about developing our rugby union through the young and senior minds on the field. We want to see what the team lacks and how we can counter the weak points. I believe the young players should step up because they will be leading the team someday. We can’t just be relying on the senior players because they have been doing their part and the young ones also need to be responsible.”

Tailevu will take on Namosi at 3pm at the Nakelo School Ground.

By Romeka Romena 

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