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Nakubuwai Cleared After High Hit

Vodafone Fijian Bati squad member Ben Nakubuwai has been cleared of any serious injury after he copped a high shot on Saturday. The Gold Coast Titans inter-change forward was taken
04 Sep 2017 10:00
Nakubuwai Cleared After High Hit
Ben Nakubuwai (right) on the attack. Photo: NRL

Vodafone Fijian Bati squad member Ben Nakubuwai has been cleared of any serious injury after he copped a high shot on Saturday.

The Gold Coast Titans inter-change forward was taken off the field on a medi-cab after being floored by Sydney Roosters enforcer Zane Tetevano.

The referees initially ruled a knock-on but quickly reversed their decision once it became clear that Nakubuwai was in a bad way, with replays suggesting Tetevano had made contact with his jaw.

“He’s not real good…he doesn’t know what’s happened,” Titans interim coach Terry Matterson said after his side’s heartbreaking 20-16 loss at Allianz Stadium.

“He’ll take a bit of a while to recover – he’s OK, he’s in the sheds – but he’s got no memory. I told him a few porky pies and told him he scored another try so he was pretty happy with that. He’ll be OK, but it wasn’t nice; he didn’t miss him.”

Nakubuwai is the son of former Bati Pio Kubuwai, who played for Fiji at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. Nakubuwai made his debut for the Vodafone Fijian Bati at the 2016 Melanesian Cup against Papua New Guinea.  He was in camp but did not play for the Fiji Bati when they took on Tonga in the Four Nations test Tonga at Campbelltown in May.

Once hailed as the next Petero Civoniceva, Nakubuwai just wants to be his own man.

The giant front-rower stands at 194cm and weighs 110kg, stats close to those of his idol Civoniceva in his prime.

He is a former Melbourne Storm under-20 player.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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