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Sotutu was named man-of-the- match in Blues 50-3 walloping of the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday night.
17 May 2021 19:25
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Blues No.8 Hoskins Sotutu dives over Marika Koroibete to score the first of his two tries against Rebels in Melbourne on May 16, 2021. Blues won 50-3. Photo: Blues

Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu is expected to start for Queensland Reds clash against Crusaders in the second round of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday.

And could be in for a tough match-up against fellow Fijians, Sevu Reece or Manasa Mataele.

If not then a showdown against George Bridge or the strong running Leicester Fainga’anuku.

This will depend on who coach Scott Robertson selects.

Vunivalu, made a remarkable comeback when he came in as a substitute and scored two tries in Reds 40-19 loss to Highlanders on Friday.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said despite Crusaders close 31-29 win over the Brumbies they are in for a tough game.

“It’s good experience for us going into the Crusaders,” Thorn said.

“They’ve been playing outstanding footy for years now, so they’re a huge task for us.”

Also, outstanding for the Reds is halfback Moses Sorovi, as he sparked their backline alive with his quick deliveries and sound defence.

Filipo Daugunu, had a quiet game while No.8 Seru Uru was in thick of things.

Due to injuries to Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami and Jock Campbell could result in Ilaisa Droasese forcing his way to the Match 23 squad.

Thorn said they had learned from the errors they made in Dunedin.

“I think there was opportunity in the game to do that, but we didn’t execute and we lacked a little bit of discipline around our penalties, off-side, stuff like that.”

Robertson said they were looking forward on their tour to Brisbane.

Kuridrani back from suspension

Veteran Fijian-born centre Tevita Kuridrani is likely to boost Western Force as they host the Highlanders at HBF Park in Perth on Friday.

The Force suffered a painful 20-19 loss to Chiefs on Saturday night. Argentina’s Domingo Miotti missed an after-the-siren match- deciding conversion attempt.

Kuridrani was on a three-week suspension for a spear tackle on Paisami.

Force captain Kyle Godwin said they are taking their never give up attitude in the Highlanders game.

“Our late fightback is a proof of the team’s attitude,” Godwin added. Sotutu,

Vosayaco showdown?

Fijian descent backrower, Rahboni Warren- Vosayaco, is set to play for the Waratahs in Saturday’s clash against the Blues at Eden Park, Auckland.

Vosayaco signed a two-year contract with the Waratahs last month.

He had been in top form while playing No.8 for the Sunwolves in the 2019 Super Rugby competition.

NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn said Vosayaco was an exciting, damaging ball runner who gave another point-of-difference within their backrow.

However, if Vosayaco takes the field he will be in for a tough time as he faces the impressive Hoskins Sotutu.

Sotutu was named man-of-the- match in Blues 50-3 walloping of the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old scored two tries and finished the match with three offloads to his name as well as 12 passes – more than anyone in his team except for starting halfback Finlay Christie.

He was also destructive on the run, clocking up 39 metres on attack and beating three defenders.

Rennie rates Valetini

The maturity of play shown by Brumbies No.8 Rob Valetini has continued to impress Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie.

His strong runs and bustling play inspired against the Crusaders inspired on his young team-mates. Valetini, who hails from Kadavu, made a few big hits which saw Crusaders flanker Tom Sanders added to his list of casualties.

His strong drives, saw him, score their final try and when Noah Lolesio missed the conversion, Valetini was the first to console him of the missed attempt.

This Saturday, Valetini is again to play a leading role against the Chiefs who also has the ever-improving Pita Gus Sowakula.

“We saw really big shifts from Rob in the last week of our campaign in 2020 and to his credit he’s worked incredibly hard in the off season and has been a stand out performer for the Brumbies week in week out,” Rennie said.

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