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Tough Clash: Matadigo

Vodafone Flying Fijians number eight  Sakiusa Matadigo expects a physical game from the Tongans in the opening clash of the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. “Well, it’s
16 Jul 2015 08:19
Tough Clash: Matadigo
Vodafone Flying Fijians Sakiusa Matadigo (left), and Malakai Ravulo at the Vodafone Fiji office. Photo: Jona Konataci

Vodafone Flying Fijians number eight  Sakiusa Matadigo expects a physical game from the Tongans in the opening clash of the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday.

“Well, it’s going to be hard. It’s always a tough game against the Tongans and the majority of the forwards are based in Europe,”Matadigo said.

“So it’s going to be a really hard task for us this week and we’re expecting a really physical game from them.”

As far as his own selection in the starting line-up against the Ikale Tahi, the Montpellier player was ready to do his job.

“But if I do make the starting team this weekend, I’m ready and I’ll work to contribute to a better outcome than last week’s game.”

Looking back at last week’s narrow loss to the Maori All Blacks, the former Suva Grammar School student hoped to improve his own game to contribute to an overall better team output.

“We lost out due to our set pieces, especially the lineouts. So that’s one key area we’re working on this week to improve on.”

Matadigo was a member of the 2001 Suva Grammar Under-19 team that won their first ever Deans Trophy, making his national debut for national 7s team during the 2005-2006 Sevens World Series.

He was elevated to the 15s code the following year when he was selected for a Flying Fijians test match against Tonga in 2006. Matadigo signed with English rugby club Saracens in 2007, joining French Top 14 club Montpellier in 2009.

Matadigo made the cut for the Flying Fijians squad to the 2011 RWC in New Zealand.

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