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Barbarians want Qativi

April 27
12:00 2009

Written By : SUN FIJI SPORTSDESK. The High Performance Unit is chasing the release of promising open side flanker Epeli Qativi for the Fiji Barbarians match against Savaii Samoa on Friday at Churchill Park.
Fiji Barbarians head coach Epeli Naituivau said they want to gauge the performance of Qativi against the Samoans.
Naituivau said the HPU was seeking his release from Lautoka Teachers College where he is studying.
He said the goal was to see how all the players perform in the Pacific Rugby Cup before they select the final team for the Junior World Championship.
“The HPU is talking with his school we want to have Qativi released for only a few days,” Naituivau said.
Qativi is one of the promising players in the side being earmarked by Naituivau for the Junior World Championship.
However, his availability has been affected due to his school commitments.
Prop Leong Kwong has been cleared to play for the Barbarians this weekend after he had a swollen finger following the 47-8 loss to the Fiji Warriors last Friday.
Naituivau said the Babaas want to gain as much exposure as they can from the Pacific Rugby Cup. He said the side will hope to give the Samoans a tough time in Lautoka.
“The players know they are on a preparation phase and against the Samoans they will have to play it smart and not worry about the results,” he said.
“This week we want to play together as a team and not as individuals.”
The side trailed the Warriors 8-14 in the first half of the game last week before they crumbled in the second half.
Naituivau hopes the side will stick to its first half performance against Savaii Samoa on Friday.
The Babaas are utilizing the PRC to prepare for the Junior World Championship which will be held in Japan in June.
They face Savaii Samoa at 5pm at Churchill Park on Friday.

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