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Super 50 For Naiyaravoro

  Giant Fijian flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro is set to play his 50th Super Rugby match in the semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg tomorrow. Coach Daryl Gibson will banking on
28 Jul 2018 10:00
Super 50 For Naiyaravoro
Waratahs Hooker Tolu Latu. Photo: Zimbio.

 

Giant Fijian flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro is set to play his 50th Super Rugby match in the semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Coach Daryl Gibson will banking on the Yasawa native to do the damage out wide and set up try-scoring opportunities for the Tahs.

He will also be used as a battering ram in phase play against a team who are boasting about having a strong set piece and powerful scrum.

The 26-year-old has made a habit of trampling over opponents when scoring tries and the Tahs will be looking to the Fijian to devastative on attack.

A win for the Waratahs means a spot in the final against the Hurricanes or the Crusaders.

And if that is the case, it will be Naiyaravoro’s last Super Rugby game before he joins Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa at Northampton Saints.

The Saints first Premiership Rugby game under new director of rugby and current Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd will be against Nikola Matawalu’s Glasgow Warriors on August 24 at Franklin’s Gardens.

Naiyaravoro replaces departing Lions and Wales winger George North.

Meanwhile, hooker Tolu Latu is the only change to the Waratahs’ starting line-up against the Lions.

Gibson said the inclusion of Latu was a reflection of the type of game the Lions were likely to play.

“This match will be a very physical encounter, particularly with the breakdown and scrum being key battlegrounds. These are areas where Tolu excels. We are expecting a real set piece battle so we need to be good in this area to compete with the Lions’ scrum and lineout,” Gibson said.

The Waratahs advanced to the final four after turning a 17-point deficit at half-time into a seven-point victory against the Highlanders.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley (c), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Cam Clark.”

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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