March 30, 2022
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Suva eyes Farebrother win

Defending Skipper Cup champs Suva are eyeing to snatch the Farebrother Trophy from current holders Naitasiri when they meet for the challenge at Naluwai Ground on Saturday. 
 
After two consecutive losses, Suva sits last but team manager Nemani Tuifagalele said they are taking the challenge seriously with the aim to win the trophy and bounce back in the Skipper Competition.  
 
"This week is a big challenge for us. We are going across to Naluwai ground to play a double header against the current Farebrother trophy holders."
 
"We are leaving no stones unturned doing our homework. Any little mistake we can omit, Naitasiri can take advantage of that."
 
"The important thing we are making mention to the boys is that small things matter and big moments will come if you do small things right."
 
"We tell them that you can explode to big things as the game starts this Saturday."
 
He highlighted while the side's backline was poor and they were too casual in the match which hindered them from booting the winning penalties. 
 
"We were our own enemies. We have the scrum right which any other things are working hard to get."
 
"We have a sparkling backline but they are just too casual. Being just casual can cost you a lot and that's what happened to us in the last two games."
 
"We were just too casual in how we approached the game."
 
"Going forward, its attitude change now. To try and move on and at least play well in the competition if we have the right attitude."
 
"We committed a lot of unexpected mistakes and that saw the other team take advantage, especially kicking penalties. So this is one of the areas we are working on trying to minimise the penalties."
 
"We have a big bulk of boys that can do well in the forwards but again it's on game day, the referees call. We are working on the certain infringements the boys have been doing so that they are going to do well on Saturday."
 
The last time Suva played Naitasiri at Naluwai Ground was in 2018 in a Skipper Cup match, and they scooped the win and Tuifagalele is confident history will be repeated after three years. 
 
"This is a double header match. We are going out there to play Naitasiri and it's going to be a totally different ball game. It's just that we do things right from the training and we can play right."
 
"But we are not underestimating Naitasiri because they have beaten Nadroga and beaten Namosi-two of the biggest teams. We know they are also playing way ahead to beat Suva but we will just go there and execute the game plan on time."
 
Suva will face Naitasiri at 3pm.
 
By Romeka Romena  


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