March 12, 2021
Former Fiji Bati and Kaiviti Silktails coach Wes Naiqama has challenged his side to beat Mascot Jets and show him why they are in the Ron Massey Cup this year.
The 2021 Ron Massey Cup competition begins tomorrow and the Silktails have to wait another week to face Blacktown Workers who are on bye in the 11-team competition.
Speaking to Pacific Australia News, Naiqama said tomorrow’s match will recognise where they stand before they face Blacktown next week.
“I’ve sort of envisioned what my first game side (on March 20) will look like, but in saying that a lot has changed over the pre-season.”
“So this game against the Jets I’ll be looking to make sure all the boys get some game time out there and that the combinations we’ve put together for this year work well. It’s the final trial for these boys to put their best foot forward for selection against Blacktown.”
He also mentioned that former NRL referee Gavin Badger is working with them for the entire Ron Massey Cup season.
“To help with the new interpretations of the rules we invited Gavin out here (Rowland Park) to run our opposed session yesterday, which was really good. We got a lot out of that,” he said.
The Silktails also conducted an opposed session last weekend with the Sydney Roosters Under-21s side to get their bodies ‘game ready’ after disruptions to training back in Fiji due to two cyclones, and then the two weeks’ quarantine in February once they arrived in Sydney.
Kaiviti Silktails take on the Mascot Jets at 3.00pm on Saturday.
By Romeka Romena