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Hosts change six

Arin Kumar
Saturday, May 03, 2014

THE Ovalau rugby side has made six changes to its starting line-up in a bid to register their first ever win over Suva in the local provincial competition.

Suva is in Levuka to face Ovalau at Nasau Park in the Old Capital at 3pm today in round four of the Skipper Cup competition.

Team manager Waisea Verenadau said injuries and poor form forced the coach to make some changes to the starting line-up.

Iliesa Dulaki moves to the bench to allow Are Siata to come in at hooker, Lote Duna replaces Suluo Baleiserene at number eight, Isoa Muaivalu slots in at halfback in place of Manasa Logavatu who is now on the bench, Maciu Takelo has been relegated to the bench and Josevata Bua takes his place at fly half, Peni Radau replaces Jerry Raleqe on the left wing and Tomasi Mekemeke moves to the bench to allow Pio Raitoni to don the inside-centre jersey.

"Some of them are out of form and some were injured in our 11-9 win over Tavua two weeks ago," Verenadau said.

"The changes are expected to strengthen the teams and give some of our players on the bench more game time."

He said they respected Suva but needed to continue their winning streak to re-affirm their spot among the top provincial teams in the country.

"Our preparation was really good and we are targeting a win.

"We know Suva is a tough side and they also won their first game and their forwards are really good and so is their backline.

"But we are sure we will give them a run for their money but giving them a tough time on the field."

Verenadau said the home crowd support would definitely motivate the team.

"Whenever we have a game here, the stands are full, the sitting area and road around the ground are also full.

"The home-crowd support is really good and their vocal support will definitely boost the side."

He said they were also praying for good weather today so that the ground was not muddy.

Ovalau: (Viliame Rokogu, Are Siata, Romanu Manueli, Vonevate Vateitei (C), Ulaiasi Vosaicake, Joeli Baleilovu, Katoni Vueti, Lote Duna, Isoa Muaivalu, Josevata Bua, Peni Radau, Pio Ratoni, Marika Veitani, Viliame Savou, Mikaele Mataka. Reserves: Iliesa Dulaki, Epeli Tamani, Manoa Turaga, Inia Tabuasuka, Misinai Tuinakaroni, Manasa Logavatu, Tomasi Mekemeke, Maciu Takelo.





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