Champion Nadi wary of wounded Stallions
5 July, 2019, 12:24 pm
THE Nadroga rugby team rated their match against Nadi in the second round of the Farebrother Trophy Challenge to be the toughest match of the season since the beginning of the competition 78
However, the much anticipated match of the year carries a lot of memories and challenges to both teams.
Nadroga Stallions, wounded from missing the Skipper Cup, will travel to Nadi’s Prince Charles Park tomorrow after 15 years to try and wrest the prestigious title away from Nadi.
Nadroga team manager Semi Cabenalotu said a Farebrother Trophy match between the two teams would always be dubbed as the match of the year.
“This will be a battle between the vanua of Nakuruvakarua and the vanua of Navatulevu.
“This is a match that will go down in the history books of both teams.
It will be one game that Nadroga has been looking forward to for the past one and half decade.
“I ask our fans not to miss this Farebrother Trophy challenge match,” said Cabenalotu.
On October 23, 2004, Nadroga won the title from Nadi and 15 years later, they’ll be going back to try and repeat history.
Nadi has always been the team to beat when it comes to the season of Farebrother Trophy challenges.
Nadroga’s historical back-to -back victory for nine consecutive years hoping for a decade record was ended by Nadi in 1980 and that’s when the Stallions eyed Nadi as the underdogs of the competition and they remained the underdogs so far.
“We’ve selected many line-ups for the Skipper Cup competition, but to challenge Nadi for the Farebrother Trophy means the best of the season.
“We are looking forward to take on our neighbours on Saturday with a line-up that will upset the Nadroga fans after the final whistle.”
The Nadi v Nadroga match will be held tomorrow at Prince Charles Park at 3pm, however the Bainimarama Challenge will be held today between Yasawa and Ovalau at the Churchill Park in Lautoka at 5pm.
Nadi wrested the trophy from Naitasiri in Nausori a week ago.