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Voka: Bring It On

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua captain Mosese Voka believes a win over defending National Rugby Championship champions Queensland Country in today’s final is a great way to end their run. “The
27 Oct 2018 11:19
Voka: Bring It On
Fiji Airways Drua captain Mosese Voka with Queensland Country captain Duncan Paia'aua during the photo shot at the Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua captain Mosese Voka believes a win over defending National Rugby Championship champions Queensland Country in today’s final is a great way to end their run.

“The country as a whole has been waiting for this and the boys are prepared for our first NRC grand final,” the fiery flanker said.

“We’ve enjoyed the NRC as a whole. There has been a lot of bonding in the team from the first week even today. The morale has been high in camp and we cannot wait for tomorrow.”

Voka said their game plan is going to be the usual- that is to play their usual running game, being aggressive in the breakdown areas and making every tackle count

He however, warned that his team will not rest on their laurels against Country who are renowned for their robust defence.

“They are very tough and skilful team as well. We await them in attack and see what we can do from there.”

Voka said they are expecting fans to come out in big numbers to support the team.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named an unchanged side for the final with one change in the reserves where winger Avete Daveta steps in for Lepani Raiyala.

Seruvakula said they are looking for maturity and consistency from the team especially what they had displayed in the last few rounds.

The match kicks-off at 3.30pm.

 

DEFENCE WILL WIN US FINAL,

SAYS COUNTRY’S COACH

Queensland Country captain Duncan Paia’aua believes they have what is needed to beat the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in today’s NRC final.

“Obviously the Drua are very dangerous with their offloads and they are very unpredictable,” the tough second five eight said.

“We are very well trained for that this weekend. Obviously there are a lot of young boys in our team.

“They did very well and they have stepped up for the team. Queensland Country are in very good hands going into the final.”

The defending NRC champions have defeated the Drua three consecutive times since 2017.

“That is motivating us trying to go back to back this year.

“We will try to give all our best on Saturday. It is good for them to put up The Horan-Little Shield and that is an extra motivation for the winner to take all.

“We have not lost to them and we have been watching them throughout this season.”

Country coach Rod Seib said playing the grand final anywhere was their aim but coming to Fiji and playing the Drua could be a great occasion.

“We are certainly going in with a lot confidence and have a lot of respect for the Drua on the way they play the game,” he said.

“We know that it’s only one time where the 15 players tackle. Be on the field without defence it’s up to the challenge and we are ready for the fight.

“We will both score tries but the way the teams’ defend will be the story.”

 

LINE-UP

Fijian Drua: 1. Joeli Veitayaki, 2. Mesulame Dolokoto, 3. Benji Makutu, 4. Peni Naulago, 5. Albert Tuisue, 6. Mosese Voka ©, 7. Jone Navori, 8. Eremasi Radrodro, 9. Frank Lomani, 10. Alivereti Veitokani, 11. Aporosa Tabulawaki, 12. Cyril Reece, 13. Apisalome Vota, 14. Levani Kurumudu, 15. Apisalome Waqatabu.

RESERVES: 16. Ratunaisa Navuma, 17. Eroni Mawi, 18. Luke Tagi, 19. Tevita Naqali, 20. Johnny Dyer, 21. Peni Matawalu, 22. Enele Malele, 23. Avete Daveta.

 

Qeensland Country: 1. James Slipper, 2. Effi Ma’afu, 3. Kirwan Sanday, 4. Harry Hockings, 5. Angus Blyth, 6. Angus Scott-Young, 7. Tom Kibble, 8. Caleb Timu, 9. Tate McDermott, 10. Hamish Stewart, 11. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Duncan Paia’aua, 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Filipo Daugunu, 15. Jock Campbell.

RESERVES: 16. Richie Asiata, 17. Harry Hoopert, 18. Jake Simeon, 19. Rob Puli’uvea, 20. Harry Wilson, 21. Harry Nucifora, 22. Tom Lucas, 23. Patrick James

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Nic Barry

Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Way

Assistant Referee 2: Aaron Pook

 

– Edited: Osea Bola

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 



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