Super clash

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, January 27, 2018

I jumped with delight when I heard that the Pulse Energy Highlanders were bringing their home Investec Super Rugby match against the Gallagher Chiefs to the Capital City.

The Chiefs will play their third match at the stadium while the Highlanders will taste the Fijian hospitality.

Sadly, the Crusaders, who had a huge backing at home against the Chiefs last year, thought otherwise, and failed to reward their loyal supporters with a game in the heart of Fiji.

None the less, the Highlanders and Chiefs clash will bring out the best.

Coached by former Crusader Aaaron Mauger, the Highlanders boast big names in Naholo, Nabuara, Ben and Aaron Smith, Sopoaga, Whitelock, Squire and Dixon.

Their squad includes eight All Blacks and seven Maori All Blacks.

Mauger has assembled a well-balanced and exciting squad capable of creating real competition and those who fit the playing profile.

Similarly, Chiefs head coach and former NZ Maoris coach Colin Cooper, who replaced Dave Rennie, named an exciting and experienced squad.

The squad is boosted by eight All Blacks, featuring stars Retallick, McKenzie, Bird, Sam Cane, Laulala, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Anton Lienert-Brown.

These stars have performed key roles throughout the season for the All Blacks. Samoan international Tim Nanai Williams, veteran Liam Messam, Ngatai and Webber are expected to add thrust and spice to the squad.

On the other hand, the addition of new ambitious and enthusiastic young players completes a great Chiefs squad.

Therefore, we have an evening of entertainment, champagne rugby and fireworks as the two profiled teams go head to head.

I am indebted to our hardworking Fiji Sports Council CEO and Investec Super Rugby steering committee chairperson madam Litiana Loabuka for partnering with the team managements to ensure that a third Super Rugby match was staged in Fiji.

Definitely, a golden opportunity to rub shoulders with those heroes who we see on television screens and I am sure that the organisers will polish on preparations and set the stage for 80 minutes of fantastic and crazy rugby.

Go Fiji, go!

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