Fijiana Duo Make Final Match 23

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua and NSW Waratahs have confirmed their sides for to­morrow’s Super W grand final.
22 Apr 2022 11:12
Fijiana Duo Make Final Match 23
Countdown starts… Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua forwards Sereima Leweniqila (front) and Joana Sauto during training in Melbourne, Australia, on April 21, 2022. They were preparing for Saturday’s Super W grand final against NSW Waratahs at AMMI Park, Melbourne. Photo: FRU Media

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua and NSW Waratahs have confirmed their sides for to­morrow’s Super W grand final.

The match will be played as part of Super round with the Drua aiming to finish the season unbeaten after their dominant 29-10 victory over the de­fending champions on the Gold Coast.

Fijiana head coach, Senirusi Seru­vakula, made several changes to the side that defeated the Brumbies 17-7 a fortnight ago.

In a surprise move, Reijeli Ului­nayau and Sera Seini Ravatude have forced their way into the Match 23 list.

They will be on the bench along with Younis Bese who came in as a late re­placement.

Robust Vika Matarugu comes into the starting front-row at hooker.

Merevesi Ofakimalino is joined in the second row by Jade Coates as Karalaini Naisewa and Ema Adivita­loga slot into flanker alongside Serei­ma Leweniqila at No.8.

Kolora Lomani re-joins the side for the decider, slotting on the wing as Bese returns to the bench.

Olympians Tima Ravisa and Roela Radiniyavuni were named in the backline.

Ravisa is at full-back while Radini­yavuni is at second five-eight where she partners London-based Raijeli Laqeretabua.

McKenzie recovers to partner


As for the Waratahs, they have made one change to the starting front-row for the rematch, with Bridie O’Gorman switching with Eva Kar­pani at tight head prop.

Arabella McKenzie has made a re­markable recovery just days from be­ing carried off the field on a stretcher, partnering Illseva Batibasaga in the halves.

Lori Cramer returns to the starting side on the wing whilst Pauline Piliae slots into inside centre as Katrina Baker failed to overcome a shoulder complaint.

“Pauline fits in nicely in that second playmaker role and as we like to play a fairly expansive game, her passing and ability to distribute and kick well give us more options,” Aitken told

“We’re hoping with Pauline at 12 it will allow us to play a bit quicker and wider.”

The match kicks off at 4pm.


Fijiana Drua: 1. Joma Rubuti, 2. Vika Matarugu, 3. Bitila Tawake (c), 4. Jade Coates, 5. Merevesi Ofakimalino, 6. Karalaini Naisewa, 7. Ema Adivita­loga, 8. Sereima Leweniqila, 9. Rusila Tamoi, 10. Merewalesi Rokouono, 11. Vitalina Naikore, 12. Roela Radini­yavuni, 13. Raijieli Laqeretabua, 14. Kolora Lomani, 15. Timaima Ravisa

Reserves: 16. Keleni Marawa, 17. Mereoni Naositava, 18. Sera Seini Ra­vatude, 19. Akosita Ravato, 20. Tere­sia Tinanivalu, 21. Rejiele Uluinayau, 22. Vani Arei, 23. Younis Bese.

Waratahs: 1. Emily Robinson, 2. Na­talie Delamere, 3. Bridie O’Gorman, 4. Kaitlan Leaney, 5. Sera Naiqama, 6. Piper Duck, 7. Emily Chancellor, 8. Grace Hamilton (captain), 9. Illseva Batibasaga, 10. Arabella McKenzie, 11. Lori Cramer, 12. Pauline Piliae, 13. Georgina Friedrichs, 14. Margot Vella, 15. Mahalia Murphy

Reserves: 16. Faliki Pohiva, 17. Adi­ana Talakai, 18. Eva Karpani, 19. Sabine Blakeman, 20. Ella Koster, 21. Nicole Nathan, 22. Tatum Bird, 23. Layne Morgan.

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