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Voka Leads Drua

Yasawa native Mosese Voka is all set to lead the Fiji Airways Drua against the New South Wales Country Eagles at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka 3pm tomorrow. Voka replaces John Stewart
15 Sep 2017 11:00
Voka Leads Drua
Fiji Airways Drua skipper Mosese Voka with team mates during training at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Yasawa native Mosese Voka is all set to lead the Fiji Airways Drua against the New South Wales Country Eagles at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka 3pm tomorrow.

Voka replaces John Stewart who has been rested for one week after suffering from concussion.

Versatile flanker Voka, played well in the first two rounds of the Australian National Rugby Championship against Brisbane City and Melbourne Rising.

He is well aware of the role especially playing their first home game.

“I did not expect this but since the coach has faith in me I will put my body on the line since our captain is injured.

“This is a crucial match for me since it is our home game in front of our crowd and we should not lose this match.

“The boys are ready to perform and give their best,” the 32-year old National Fire Authority officer said.

Voka has been playing well since he started playing for the Lautoka Maroons in 2013, Suva 2014 – 16 and Namosi this year.

He has been part of the Telecom Fijian Warriors side and made his debut for the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Samoa 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier in Suva in June 18, 2016.

Fiji Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula confirmed Voka will step in for injured Stewart who will be assisted by robust centre Eroni Vasiteri.

“He (Stewart) is not playing, we have rested him for a week since he is recovering from concussion,” Seruvakula said.

“I am disappointed that Stewart cannot play in this match. There is another important match next week but our focus is on this match.”

He said that Voka and Vasiteri, have proved themselves over the years.

“They have already done their job in the team. Vasiteri has been my vice-captain in the last three years.

“We are shifting players around because of injuries. They know the task ahead but it will be a daunting task.”

The run on team will have one change in the forwards with lock Sakiusa Nadruku coming in to partner Samuela Saqiwa.

The flankers are Filimoni Seru , Voka and Peni Raidre at number eight.

The backline is dominated by the BLK Nadroga players with Peceli Nacebe at first five-eighth, Vasiteri and Ifereimi Tovilevu at centres and Apisalome Waqatabu at fullback. Eroni Sau will be on the wing and starting from the bench are Samu Newa, Matai Ucutabu and Sikeli Gavidi.

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