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Cotter Keeps Close Watch On Drua

A couple of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players have showed Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter, that they have got what it takes to play in the July Test matches. They are lock Leone Rotuisolia, Kitione Salawa, Apisalome Vota, Vinaya Habosi, Samuela Tawake and Selesitino Ravutaumada.
16 Mar 2022 14:38
Cotter Keeps Close Watch On Drua
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua wing Vinaya Habosi is on Flying Fijian head coach Vern Cotter’s radar. Photo: Fijian Drua

A couple of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players have showed Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter, that they have got what it takes to play in the July Test matches.

They are lock Leone Rotuisolia, Kitione Salawa, Apisalome Vota, Vinaya Habosi, Samuela Tawake and Selesitino Ravutaumada.

Rotuisolia played well in his Super Rugby Pacific debut against the Brumbies and the win over the Rebels.

He however, injured his knee early in the clash against the Reds and was replaced by Sorovakatini Tuifagalele. It would have been interesting to see how he would have dealt with the Reds forwards if he had stayed on.

“The Number 5 (jersey number) Rotuisolia can still improve but has bulk, strength and likes the dark places as well,” Cotter said.

The wily coach rated 20-year-old flanker, Kitione Salawa, saying that he has a high work rate.

Hooker Mesulame Dolokoto was impressive with his lineout throws and general play against the Reds

“Dolokoto has energy in broken play,” Cotter said of Dolokoto, who through broken play set-up Onisi Ratave’s try against the Reds that led to their fightback.

Tighthead prop Tawake, Cotter says, needs to show his presence for 65 minutes he is keeping a close eye on him.

The Flying Fijians head coach has indicated that centre Apisalome Vota has become more confident as he continues to play in the competition.

He also highlighted the powerful play of Habosi, who has been in top form.

Cotter said because of the lack of depth at fullback, he is keeping a keen eye on Ravutaumada.

The former Auckland Warriors winger was moved to fullback against the Waratahs, Rebels and the Reds.

He covered for the injured Baden Kerr and Kitione Taliga.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor in a press conference last week said they have a robust Test match lined-up for July.

‘But right now we are awaiting confirmation from World Rugby,” Cotter added.



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