PRC- now is the time to shine.
After 3 matches already done and dusted, it is down to the last 2 games to find the finalists for the PRC 2010 title.
In front of the bunch is the red hot & unbeaten Tautahi Gold’s, they own top spot with 12 points, chasing them hard are reigning PRC champion Air Pacific Fiji Warriors and the dark horse of the tournament the Fiji Barbarians, both on 10 points.
As in round 2, the match of the day is the final one, where the Gold’s will face their sternest test to date against the Warriors. Both these teams have hit form and the mouth watering prospect will see a big crowd turn out. This Tuesday the PRC rugby road-show of Fiji moves to Prince Charles Park in Nadi.
Both of these teams have sent a warning to the rest, their game is on, passes are flowing and patterns of well drilled quality are coming to the fore. Worthy of a final, this pool match will set the tone for the PRC. If the Golds win, they will be way out in front, and this will push the Warriors to the brink of the cliff in their title defence. If the Warriors are victorious they are right on track for the first successful defence of the PRC ever.
The Warriors onslaught in their last match has ignited new talent onto the scene, non more so than halfback Nikola Matawalu, he side-steps the width of a bus, he can fire into a tackle and knows when to pass it wide when it is on. His genuine pace always threatens his opponents and at a young age of 20 he looks as if he will be around for a lot more rugby. He might just need to eat a few more burgers to up size himself to be in contention for Fiji.
At the other end of the table the Samoa teams are in desperation mode. Upolu were in the final last year, after 3 loses in a row they are looking at a wooden spoon this year. Up against them in round 4 will be the Barbarians, they came up 3 points short against the Golds, this is a dent, but they nearly pulled off the late comeback win in that test. In each match this young teams looks more like they belong at this level, they will be intent to drive this case forward in front of their home crowd.
Savai’i Samoa also are camped in the cellar on the scoreboard. They know they have talent to burn, it seems a case of not really firing so far. With another 3 days of hard training this week, they will be wanting to get their pride back on track with a win. In their last 2 matches they did not close them out, opting to run instead of taking 3 easy points on offer has ended up being fatal for their chances. Up against Savai’i will be the men from the Kingdom, the Tau’uta Reds. The Reds showed a tonne of guts with their last second win on Friday, the feel good factor will ripple confidence through them now and they will be a threat.
In the coming days we will bring you interviews and action images from the teams in Fiji.
Tuesday’s matches, all at Prince Charles Park-Nadi. Times in Fijitime.
Tau'uta Reds vs Savai'i Samoa 11am
Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa 2pm
Fiji Warriors vs Tautahi Gold 5pm