Super Rugby

Super Rugby: It’s A Homecoming Battle For The Fijians

Sowakula came with the Chiefs last year, but was not included in the match 23 against the Highlanders.
01 Jun 2019 12:19
Super Rugby: It’s A Homecoming Battle For The Fijians
Gallagher Chiefs side during captains run at ANZ Stadium on May 31, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Two Fijians hope the Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders will be a happy homecoming for them.

Chief s No.8 Pita Gus Sowakula and Crusaders wing Sevu Reece will play against each other for the first time in front of local fans at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, at 7.35pm tonight.

Sowakula came with the Chiefs last year, but was not included in the match 23 against the Highlanders.

This time the dynamic 24-year-old starts at the back of the scrum.

He knows Reece has been in devastating form, but he’s equally excited to play at home.

“Really looking forward to it, I’m excited,” the soft-spoken 1.95m, 110kg Sowakula said.

Born in Lautoka and growing up in Sigatoka, Sowakula was schooled in Suva and is looking forward to make a mark for Chief against the in-form Crusaders.

Not wanted by the Chiefs and given a Super Rugby lifeline by the Crusaders, Reece has not let the team down since his debut. His performance since his Super Rugby stint has garnered interest from All Blacks selectors.

And his Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson believes Reece is a special player and no doubt deserves the Super Rugby rookie of the year award in 2019.

The Kadavu native is expected to deliver something special today to push his claim in front of home fans tonight.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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