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Tafua Makes Changes For Tonga Clash

  Samoan coach Dickie Tafua has made changes in their line-up to face Tonga at 1pm today in the second round of the Pacific Nations Cup at the ANZ Stadium,
16 Jun 2018 10:34
Tafua Makes Changes For Tonga Clash
Manu Samoa forwards go through with their move during training at Albert Park in Suva as they prepare to face Tonga today at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Samoan coach Dickie Tafua has made changes in their line-up to face Tonga at 1pm today in the second round of the Pacific Nations Cup at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

In the front row sees Jordan Lay takes the loosehead prop position with Viliamu Afatia on the tighthead side while Seilala Lam makes up the front trio at hooker.

Veteran Joe Tekori pairs up with captain, Chris Vui in the locks while TJ Ioane covers the openside flank with Jack Lam starting at No. 8.

In the backline, Dwayne Polata’ivao will be at halfback with Alofa Alofa at outside centre and Paul Perez on the right wing.

Powerhouse Samoa No.8 Ofisa Treviranus will come off the bench as an impact player and he is looking at exerting his physical influence to match the physicality of the Tongans.

Samoa’s backline coach and former Wallabies fullback Chris Latham says Tonga will be a hard team to beat.

“They will have a few tricks up their sleeves but we got to make sure that we look after ourselves, we take care of the ball and we aid the game on our terms,” Chris Latham.

 

Samoa: 1. Jordan Lay, 2. Seilala Lam, 3. Viliamu Afatia, 4. Joe Tekori, 5. Chris Vui (c), 6. Piula Faasalele, 7. TJ Ioane, 8. Jack Lam, 9. Dwayne Polataivao, 10. Tusi Pisi, 11. Sinoti Sinoti, 12. Alapati Leiua, 13. Alofa Alofa, 14. Paul Perez, 15. Ah See Tuala. Replacements: 16. Elia Elia, 17. James Lay, 18. Paul Alo-Emile, 19. Brandon Nansen, 20. Ofisa Treviranus, 21. Melani Matavao, 22. Rodney Iona, 23. Ed Fidow

Edited by  Osea Bola

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