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Valetini’s Vikings Ready

Robert Valetini knows it will be a daunting task beat­ing the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in round six of the National Rugby Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka today. The son
06 Oct 2018 11:15
Valetini’s Vikings Ready
Canberra Vikings rep Rob Valetini (with cap) with team mates at the Nadi International Airport last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA .

Robert Valetini knows it will be a daunting task beat­ing the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in round six of the National Rugby Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka today.

The son of Fijian parents, Ma­nueli and Finau Valetini, Mel­bourne-born Robert, 20, will play blindside flanker for the Canberra Vikings.

“It will be a tough game against Fiji,” he said.

“We know we have to stay calm and play our best.”

Valetini’s recurring knee injuries restricted him to just three games this year. He started his first game of the NRC season two weeks ago against NSW Country Eagles but left the field after tweaking his knee again.

Coach Nick Scrivener said they are confident of a fifth straight vic­tory.

“It is big challenge for us as the Drua have not been beaten yet in Fiji. There are two games before the final. It is a really important game for us,”he said.

“They are a completely differ­ent team with top offloads, and all those sorts of things.” The match kicks off at 3pm.

– Edited by Osea Bola

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