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Ratave Pencils Name On R12 Dream Team

Blockbuster winger Onisi Rat­ave has penciled his name on the Round 12 Super Rugby Pacific Dream Team.
12 May 2022 14:21
Ratave Pencils Name On R12 Dream Team
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua number eight Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta tackles Hurricane’s Aidan Morgan during their Super Rugby match in Wellington on May 8, 2022. The Fijian Drua will take on the Moana Pasifika this Saturday at the 4:35pm at CommBank Stadium, Sydney.

Blockbuster winger Onisi Rat­ave has penciled his name on the Round 12 Super Rugby Pacific Dream Team.

Fans casted their votes on the Rug­by Pass Super Rugby Pacific Dream Team platform which closed yester­day for the Round 12 pick.

The Naqarani, Noco, Rewa native was named amongs 14 other world class players.

As of yesterday he was been voted the best blind side winger at num­ber 14 after the 12th round against Hurricanes.

Ratave currently leads the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s try scoring list with six tries.

Onisi Ratave

Onisi Ratave

He is followed by flying winger Vi­naya Habosi with four tries.

The Round 12 Dream Team: 1. (prop) Etham de Goot (High­landers), 2. (hooker) Samisoni Taukei’oho (Chiefs), 3. (prop) Ofa Tuungafasi (Blues), 4. (lock) Josh Lord (Chiefs), 5. (lock) Tupou Vaai (Chiefs), 6. (flanker) Dalton Papali’I (Blues), 7. (flanker) 8. Hoskins So­tutu (Blues), 9. (scrum half) Aaron Smith (High­landers), 10. (flyhalf) Rich­ie Mo’unga (Crusaders), 11, (wing) Leicester Fainga’anuku (Crusaders), 12. (centre) Rodger Tuiv­asa-Sheck (Blues), 13. Rieko Iowane (Blues), 14. (winger) Onisi Ratave (Drua), 15. (fullback) Will Jordan (Crusad­ers).

Ratave’s explosive power, ball han­dling skills and speed makes him a vital player but in a zoom interview with head coach Mick Byrne on Tuesday, Bryne stated that his (Rat­ave) injury has been keeping away.

Given an opportunity this Satur­day, Ratave will give Moana Pasi­fika center Levi Aumua a good run for his money.

It will be a battle of power, physi­cality and good running lines.

Then Ratave offers more options for the Drua at centre, where he keeps the opposition guessing.

His combination with Ravouvou at centre provides the much-needed catalyst to get us that second Super Rugby win.

Ratave who came off the bench against the Hurricanes finished the match gaining 30 meters with six tackles and a try.

He runs at the game line with good speed and power.

In his natural position Ratave will provide competition in the mid-field.

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisn.com.fj



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