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Brutal Clash: Vatubua

We need to put in 110 percent of work, says tough Fijian centre The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians need to dig deep if they are to beat arch rivals Samoa
08 Jun 2018 10:00
Brutal Clash: Vatubua
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians centre Jale Vatubua during training at ANZ Stadium, Suva, on June 7,2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

We need to put in 110 percent of work, says tough Fijian centre

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians need to dig deep if they are to beat arch rivals Samoa in their Pacific Nations Cup opener at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, and tomorrow.

Those were the words of centre Jale Vatubua who indicated that they need to put in 110 percent of work as the Samoans will be no pushover.

Vatubua who plays for Pau in the French Top 14 competition, for the first time will partner Sevanaia Galala who has been named at second five eight.

“This is an exciting journey for me and Sevanaia is a very good player,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“I’m comfortable in that position and I just can’t wait to get onto the field with Seva. Our aim is to win every contest, keep things simple and do things at 110 percent.”

Vatubua said to beat Samoa they also need to play as a team

“We will try to get things right individually and get ourselves closer with the team. Right now in camp everyone is coming with the right mindset as we get ready for the battle.

“I’m also working hard to win a place for the Rugby World Cup next year. Everyone has been fighting for their spot as it will be an honour to represent my country,” he added.

The former Marist Brothers High School rugby star said the clash against Samoa is going to a tough one.

“It will be a physical battle, very brutal but this is our home turf and we will not give the win away so easily.”

 

MATA EYES WORLD CUP SPOT

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians flanker and Olympian Viliame Mata ANZ Stadium, Suva, on June 7, 2018.  Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians flanker and Olympian Viliame Mata ANZ Stadium, Suva, on June 7, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Olympian Viliame Mata aims to impress head coach John McKee and the national selectors tomorrow so he could be considered for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“My aim right now is to prove myself to the coaches as this will be my first time to start in the team,” Mata said.

“It’s always a tough game against Samoa as we want to build our game for the 2019 World Cup.”

Also for the first time Mata will don the No.7 jersey to man the openside flank.

The PNC gets underway tomorrow with Tonga taking on Georgia at 1pm followed by the Flying Fijians v Samoa clash at 3.30pm.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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