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Veitokani, Mata, Atalifo Start

  Alivereti Veitokani will start at fullback for London Irish against Jersey Reds in round 13 of the Greene King IPA Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow. The Tokatoka,
27 Jan 2019 10:00
Veitokani, Mata, Atalifo Start
Edinburgh No.8 Viliame ‘Big Bill’ Mata.

 

Alivereti Veitokani will start at fullback for London Irish against Jersey Reds in round 13 of the Greene King IPA Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

The Tokatoka, Tailevu native will make his second appearance for the Exiles with fellow Flying Fijian Albert Tuisue named on the bench.

With nine rounds to go, the Exiles lead the standing on the 54 points and are on track to gain promotion to the Premiership Rugby in the new season.

But first they must beat the Reds currently third on the table with 53 points.

Former Flying Fijians prop Leeroy Atalifo will start for the Reds in one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the season after going down 14-17 in November.

 

PRO14: Mata starts against Rokoua Kings

Fijian international Mata- who this week was named as one of 15 nominees for EPCR European Player of the Year – will be at No.8 for Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 encounter against Isuzu Southern Kings at Madibaz Stadium tomorrow.

Former Ratu Navula College student Meli Rokoua, who is probably the only Fijian playing for a South African side, will come off the bench for the Kings.

 

Matawalu

Nikola Matawalu was yellow carded in the 9-3 win over the Ospreys yesterday.

On a wet and windy night at Scotstoun, both teams struggled to control the ball, and had to rely on their goal-kickers for all the points.

A moment of madness by Matawalu, when he appeared from an offside position at the back of a ruck and slapped the ball from visiting scrum-half Tom Habberfield’s hands, resulted in a fully justified yellow card.

Meanwhile, a last-gasp penalty try denied Benetton a sixth successive victory in all competitions as Ulster struck in overtime to share the points 17-17.

A dominant first-half and a try from Ratuva Tavuyara set the Italians on the way to three successive away victories for the first time in Guinness PRO14 history, but Ulster turned over and crossed the whitewash in dramatic fashion.

Benetton, who hadn’t won in Belfast since 2011, would have been only the second team to taste victory at the Kingspan since February 2018 as Ulster’s waves of attack eventually bore fruit.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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