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Fiji Airways Fijian Drua full-back Enele Malele delivers the ball during training at International School Nadi on September 6 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 07
11:02 2018

Senirusi Seruvakula goes for experienced line-up to brace for City attack

 

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has opted for experience when he named his run-on team to face Brisbane City in the Australian National Rugby Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka tomorrow.

The no-nonsense coach has recalled experienced props Joeli Veitayaki and Mosese Ducivaki along with hooker Ratunaisa Navuma to man the front row and lead the first half charge against City who are keen on attacking the Drua’s set piece.

The visitors are expected to bank on Super Rugby prop Ruan Smith to lead their onslaught. The South African has played 56 Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies before signing up with the Queensland Reds.

Speaking from the Nadi- based camp Seruvakula says the Drua need to be ready for a focussed attack from their opponents.

“We’re going with the experience to start with, to give us stability in our scrum and line-out, as we know Brisbane City will target the set piece.” he said.

“Those boys will do the job in the first half, and then when we bring the young ones off the bench, when the game opens up and play their part.”

The squad for the battle in the Sugar City has not altered too much from round one, with the coaching staff opting for a 5:3 split rather than the 6:2 used against Melbourne Rising.

Tireless Suva flanker Peni Raidre earns a start at loose forward with Filimoni Seru out of the 23 making room for Lautoka’s Jona Sawailau onto the bench.

“It’s a short season, so we know we have to capitalise on every opportunity, particularly our home games where we are used to the heat and conditions.”

Sawailau was a stand-out performer during the Vodafone Vanua Championship this season after returning from a stint in the New Zealand Sevens programme, and will add firepower to the backline for the Drua.

“I’m very honoured to be given this opportunity to be included in the team this weekend, and I’m looking forward to playing at home in front of my friends and family” Sawailau added. The match kicks-off at 3pm

 

LINE-UP

  1. Joeli Veitayaki, 2. Ratunaisa Navuma, 3. Mosese Ducivaki, 4. Peni Naulago, 5. Albert Tuisue, 6. Peni Raidre, 7. Mosese Voka (Captain), 8. Eremasi Radrodro, 9. Frank Lomani, 10. Alivereti Veitokani, 11. Levani Kuruimudu, 12. Cyril Reece, 13. Poasa Waqanibau, 14. Apete Daveta, 15. Apisalome Waqatabu.

Reserves: 16. Veremalua Vugakoto, 17. Eroni Mawi, 18. Luke Tagi, 19. Tevita Naqali, 20. Johnny Dyer, 21. Seru Vularika, 22. Enele Malele, 23. Jona Sawailau

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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