Saru Dragons face Police Sharks

Makoi Bulldogs player Ravulolo tackles a Saru Dragons player who loses the ball at Buckhurst Park in Suva, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

The Saru Dragons side will be expecting a tough match today when they battle it out with Police Sharks in round five of the Vodafone Super 8 Premiership at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

The Sharks thrashed USP Raiders 42-16, in round four of the tournament, and will be out for an upset against the Dragons who are leading the points table with zero losses, and four wins.

Dragons team manager Petero Nacolatabua said they were expecting a tough battle against the Sharks side that proved their worth against the USP Raiders.

“We will be treating each game like it’s a final. All the teams in this competition are here because they are the best in the country,” he said.

Round five of the tournament was postponed last weekend after heavy rain in Sigatoka flooded the Lawaqa Park ground.

“This gave us more time to prepare for the Sharks because we know they will be coming out strong, hungry for a win.

“The boys have been preparing well mentally and physically, and they are excited to jump on the field.”

He also mentioned that there were a few players who had been injured from rounds two and three, and would rejoin the team today.

“The boys are ready, and we are promising our fans a very exciting match.”

Nacolatabua said the presence of their fans during every match played a huge role in their team’s performance.

“Having to see your fans travel from Lautoka just to watch you play, is a very big thing for the boys.

“Just to see people from their village, Saru, take the time out to travel to Sigatoka despite the hardships they face is very special for them.

“This boosts their performance whenever they play.”

The Saru Dragons face the Police Sharks at 3.30pm.

In other matches at Lawaqa Park today, Navy Albatross play USP Raiders at 10am, Ravoravo Rabbitohs face Mataivalu Bears at 12.15pm while Nadera Panthers take on Vusu Raiders at 1.45pm.

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