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Civoniceva Briefing Reps

  Former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain Petero Civoniceva will have a one on one session with the three Vodafone Fiji Bati debutants before kick-off against Tonga in the Pacific Test
06 May 2017 11:00
Civoniceva Briefing Reps
The Vodafone Fijian Bati squad and officials at Campbelltown in Sydney on May 5, 2017. Photo: Tara White

 

Former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain Petero Civoniceva will have a one on one session with the three Vodafone Fiji Bati debutants before kick-off against Tonga in the Pacific Test at Campbelltown Stadium at 7:40pm tonight.

Civoniceva will brief the importance of playing for Fiji with Suliasi Vunivalu, Waqa Blake and Taane Milne of St George Illawarra.

“Right now we try to keep things to themselves because I know there is a lot going through in their heads,”he said.

“Certainly I will have a moment with them just to encourage them and give them confidence and tell them that this is the time for them to take this opportunity in both hands and do Fiji proud.

“This is one of the strongest squad since the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and we are excited, we know the Fijian fans are excited on what this team will produce.”

Civoniceva believes the team concluded the week successfully and the spirit is high in camp as they prepare to take on their Pacific brothers.

“It’s been a wonderful finish for the week, the boys tried really well in terms of communication and energy was fantastic and it really sets the time for a great performance  against Tonga.”

The former captain also believes the key to winning tonight is hard work.

“They have to work hard, they are a big team they take a lot to control especially on the forwards. I have spoken to them on their responsibilities in making sure to control defensively and create opportunities in attack.

“There is a huge responsibility on their shoulders.”

Meanwhile, coach Michael Potter said the week was excellent.

“My key message on Saturday night is control football and finish on a best possible note at the end of the match.

“We want to play what’s in front of us and put down the brain footy that should give us a good win,” Potter said.

Team: Fiji Bati; 1. Kevin Naiqama, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Waqa Blake 4.Taane Milne, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Sitiveni Moceidreke 7.  Henry Raiwalui, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10.  Kane Evans,11.  Viliame Kikau , 12.  Tui Kamikamica, 13.  Korbin Sims. Reserves; 14.  James Storer, 15.  Jacob Saifiti, 16.  Eloni Vunakece, 17.  Ben Nakubuwai, 18.  Akuila Uate.

Tonga: Addin Fonua–Blake,  2.Siliva Havili, 3. Mafoa’aeata Hinganao,4.Will Hopoate, 5.Sione Katoa, 6.Felise Kaufusi, 7.Patrick Kaufusi, 8.Samisoni Langi, 9.Leilani Latu ,10.Brenko Lee, 11.Tuimoala Lolohea, 12.Joe Ofahengaue, 13.Leivaha Pulu.

Reserves; 14.Moses Suli,15,Daniel Tupou, 16.Manu Vatuvei, 17.Siosaia Vave, 18,Sione Vea, 19.Tony Williams.

Edited by Osea Bola

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