PRC- The dust settles on round 2 results
The PRC has had 2 rounds and the shape of the competition is becoming clearer for some, and foggy for others.
As the dust settles on the results yesterday, it is the young Fiji Barbarians and the Tautahi Golds that are sitting on the peak at this stage. Like a perfect script, these 2 teams will battle it out in the final match in round three this Friday in Lautoka. Come full time one of these squads will be well on the way to a securing a semi final berth.
Taking a deeper look at these 2 teams, their on field maturity has grown a lot in a week. The Barbarians were clinging on for dear life in round one, then they staged an amazing comeback win in the dying seconds. In round 2 they were a lot more composed, they ran like a team that has been together for months, they also dented anything that ran at them.
The Gold’s too beefed up their title chances with a commanding performance yesterday. Leading from the front is their skipper and imposing number 6 Sione Kalamafoni, he is built, he has great work ethic and he can get around the track when needed. Surrounding him is more of the Tongan Beef that they are known for, they are solid, they are strong and they know how to use this mass to wear down their opponents. This go forward is clinically masterminded by Isatola Maka, their national coach, it is right from the mould that he based his international career on.
Red faces are on the Upolu Samoa and the Tauuta Reds, both looking at 2 loses from 2 matches on the scoreboard. Collectively they showed glimpses of better things in the matches yesterday, however short periods in 80 minutes doesn’t cut it at this level, or the next.
About now is where hurt and pride will kick in, both these teams are better than they have played thus far, they also know it. Training will be hard in the next couple of days and come Friday it must be wakeup day for their campaign prospects. Speaking of Pride the Fiji Warriors will be looking to carry on their momentum from yesterdays win, if they want to keep this cup of theirs a win against the Savai’i Samoa next up is a must.
Savai'i Samoa too is in a must win game, this great competition is dishing up vital matches for the Fijian rugby public to enjoy. Savai'i will have a hard task playing the Warriors, even more pressure will be mounted on them, if they lose it almost certainly means no Samoan side will make the semi finals. This prospect will send a shiver through the Island nation & no doubt the team will be aware of this.
The games are all played in Fiji on Friday and these are the match ups.
Upolu Samoa vs Tau'uta Reds
-kick off at 11am
Fiji Warriors vs Savai'i Samoa
-kick off at 2pm
Tautahi Gold vs Fiji Barbarians
-kick off at 5pm