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Crusaders Brett slots in at No.10

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND. New Zealand Maoris made 10 changes to their side in wake of the danger that Fiji poses for the crunch Pacific Nations Cup showdown at
12 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : CHRISTOPHER CHAND. New Zealand Maoris made 10 changes to their side in wake of the danger that Fiji poses for the crunch Pacific Nations Cup showdown at Churchill Park tomorrow.
Crusaders flyhalf Stephen Brett has been brought into the run-on side after the Maoris wobbly performance against Tonga last week to try and instill stability to the backline against the Flying Fijians.
New Zealand Maoris coach Donny Stevenson has brought in a completely new look front row to pressure the Fijian scrums.
Stevenson said they know the national side will create havoc in the backs if they are given space and they want to shut them out.
“Tonga exposed some areas for us in the forwards and we see Fiji looking at that and taking advantage of that. We expecting a torrid encounter they have some pretty experienced players in the forwards especially in their locks they have some big boys and we are predicting that they will target the same areas that Tonga did and obviously we know how dangerous their backs are,” Stevenson said.
A late change was made to reserve Shannon Paku who has been replaced by New Zealand sevens player Zar Lawrence in the 22 member side.
The national side has retained the same lineup that ran circles around the Samoans last week.
National skipper Mosese Rauluni said a win is important if the side is to win the PNC title.
Rauluni said he has faith in his forwards despite the depth in the Maoris lineup.
“We not here to take a backseat we are here to win and I’m very confident with the boys,” Rauluni said.
Fiji: 15 Taniela Rawaqa, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Kameli Ratuvou, 11 Vilimoni Delasau, 10 Waisea Luveniyali, 9 Mosese Rauluni (c), 8 Netani Talei, 7 Aca Gavidi, 6 Semisi Naevo, 5 Kele Leawere, 4 Ifereimi Rawaqa, 3 Jone Railomo, 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Graham Dewes
Reserves: Vereniki Sauturaga, Viliame Seuseu, Wame Lewaravu, Deryck Thomas, Aporosa Vata, Saula Radidi, Marika Vakacegu
NZ Maori: 15 Dwayne Sweeney, 14 Glen Horton, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Tamati Ellison (co-capt), 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Liam Messam (co-capt), 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Hoani MacDonald, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Isaac Ross, 3 Ben May, 2 Aled De Malmanche, 1 Jacob Ellison
Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Bronson Murray, Tanerau Latimer, Thomas Waldrom, Piri Weepu, Callum Bruce, Zar Lawrence



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