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Tonga hit list

Maciu Malo
Friday, June 13, 2014

VODAFONE Flying Fijians flyer Sireli Bobo is one of the players being targeted by Tonga in the much anticipated Pacific Nations Cup encounter at Lautoka's Churchill Park tomorrow.

The 38-year-old, who will be the oldest player in the match, outpaced the Tongan backline to score a solo 60-metre try in last year's game enabling Fiji to win the PNC for the very first time.

Despite age catching up on the Nawairuku native from Ra, Bobo is regarded as one of the players on the Tongan's hit list.

Bobo replaced Clermont blockbusting winger Napolioni Nalaga in one of the five changes made from the run-on side that won against Italy in Suva last week.

Tonga head coach Mana Otai said Bobo was in top form at last year's PNC game and would be one of the players marked by his troops on Saturday.

He said the five changes made to the Flying Fijians would not affect the team's campaign.

Other players on the Tongan radar include Canterbury Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo and France Top 14 winger Nalaga.

"Bobo gave us a headache in last year's PNC and we will be marking him closely this Saturday," said Otai.

"Fiji has some superstars in their team such as Nadolo and Nalaga," he said.

"These boys are big and have the pace to burn and always stood out in big games.

"Even though Nalaga is not in the team but they still have Bobo in the line-up.

"It doesn't matter who will be named in their starting line-up, we know the Fijians are passionate about rugby and they will field a good side for the game."

Otai said despite the threat posed by the Fijians he was optimistic his troops would deliver the goods for their people.

"We are confident about our preparation and now it's just the waiting game for the boys," he said.

"We are focused on the game and just like the Fijians we are also passionate about rugby.

"We are here for a purpose and we will make sure to achieve our aim on Saturday," he said.

Meanwhile, forcing their way into the Flying Fijians starting line-up are Glasgow duo Leone Nakarawa and Nikola Matawalu, France-based flyer Adriu Delai and flanker Malakai Ravulo.

The game kicks off at 3pm

Starting line-up: Campese Ma'afu, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Manasa Saulo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Malakai Ravulo, Akapusi Qera , Nikola Matawalu, Jonetani Ralulu, Watisoni Votu, Nemani Nadolo, Adriu Delai, Sireli Bobo,Timoci Nagusa.

Reserves: Viliame Veikoso, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Isei Colati, Apisai Naikatini, Nemani Nagusa, Nemia Kenatale, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula.


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