LOST for words is how I felt when first told I’d be captaining the Reds because as long as I play this will be a highlight of my career.
“Be bold … you were born a leader” is a pretty awesome thing to hear from an uncle back in Fiji where my family is very proud.
I like an attacking game but does that mean lots of quick taps and not kicking for penalty goals?
I may have the (c) beside my name against the Southern Kings but having Georgie (Smith), Quade (Cooper), Simmo (Rob Simmons), Sammy Talakai and others will help with good decisions at the right time.
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I never looked at myself as a captain when I first joined the Reds in 2014 but one of the big things within our squad is building those leaders across the field.
The Sunnybank Under-12s is probably where I last captained a side and as a No.8 in those days.
Some of the boys were quick to give me grief by calling me “Skip” but that’s just a fun sign we are all in this together to end a run of painful losses.
Nothing is going to change with how I play the game because leading by example is how best to show the way for your teammates.
The Kings scored six tries against the Western Force last weekend when their back three showed some real gas.
That was a good warning because we have to be really physical up front as well as with their electric wingers and fullback to dictate in this game.
Good communication is a big part of rugby and some will have noticed I chat in both English and Fijian in the Reds backline.
Eto (Nabuli) on the wing is more comfortable speaking in Fijian.
To get the message across, especially in defence or a call from Quade, we will go back and forth in Fijian.
Last weekend’s heavy loss to the Brumbies really hurt because we know how valuable wins are in any of the massive Australian Conference games.
Again, the message for today is staying engaged for the full 80 minutes.
Whether it is the back end of games or a poor start, we have not clicked.
For me today, it’s really about ending that trend with action on the field not more words.
I sense Quadie is up for a big one. He’s really excited to be back after the disappointment of missing three games.
New boys Lukhan Tui and Alex Mafi both have energy, aggression and good footwork which are good things to add.
Originally published as Win would be icing on cake for captain Kerevi
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